Staff are stepping up to improve their fitness

NTW's deputy director of workforce and organisational development Lynne Shaw (bottom left) and her challenge team, Claire Shaw, Claire Baxter and Judith Hampshire.
NTW's deputy director of workforce and organisational development Lynne Shaw (bottom left) and her challenge team, Claire Shaw, Claire Baxter and Judith Hampshire.
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Health staff are stepping up to the mark by taking part in a pedometer challenge to help keep fit at work.

Teams of four from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) are participating in the four-week initiative, which runs until Sunday, August 30, to see how many steps they can take and also how far they have walked.

Lynne Shaw, NTW’s deputy director of workforce and organisational development, said: “The challenge is always hotly contested and it is a fun way of keeping fit.

“This year, more than 40 teams across the trust will be competing to see who can achieve the most steps.

“As I’m taking part this year, my team and I are looking forward to the ‘healthy’ competition from our colleagues.

“Walking is not only is a great form of daily exercise, it also has great health benefits like cutting the risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes and it can make a massive contribution to your emotional well-being.”

Leaders will submit the number of steps their team have completed to challenge organisers each week and the team that has recorded the most steps over the month will receive a prize.