Hospital wins fitness challenge

Scarborough Hospital staff, with Chief Exec Jonathan Knight (back, right), celebrate winning the Global Corporate Challenge.'113952. Pic Kevin Allen.'29/09/11.
Scarborough Hospital staff, with Chief Exec Jonathan Knight (back, right), celebrate winning the Global Corporate Challenge.'113952. Pic Kevin Allen.'29/09/11.
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SCARBOROUGH Hospital has come top of the national NHS leaderboard in a corporate fitness challenge.

The International Global Corporate Challenge is a fun initiative which makes it easy for staff to get more active and healthy over the summer.

Over 16 weeks, in groups of seven, staff take a virtual walk around the world by entering their daily step count into the organisers’ interactive website.

Participants are provided with a welcome pack including pedometers.

Jo Startup, HR Advisor, said: “This is the first year that Scarborough trust has participated in the Global Corporate Challenge and we were delighted to come top of the national NHS leader board, pipping York trust to the post by just eight steps!

“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition. In total 419,183,537 steps were walked, an average of 15,817 per person, per day.

“88 per cent of staff who participated in the programme reported an improvement to their overall health which is great news.”

This year, 130,000 participants from 1,000 organisations, in 83 countries, have walked their way to a happier, healthier life and a more productive workplace.

In total, participants walked 152 billion steps or 100 million kilometres and burnt off six billion calories. A challenge spokesman said: “You should be very proud of these achievements.”