Working out at work gets an international flavour

A team of physios married the workout at work concept to an international day designed to encourage exercise as they persuaded their colleagues to move more.


Physio Michaela Atton (left) provides the fruits of her labours to domestic assistant Jenny Vernon

The team at Burton Hospitals NHS Trust used the World Health Organization’s Agita Mundo or Move for Health day as a chance to expand their existing monthly workout sessions across the trust.

On the day, staff at the hospital could help create fresh fruit smoothies by cycling on a stationary bike, take part in circuits classes, or enjoy a more leisurely 20-minute walk.

The day was put together by Band 5 physios at the trust in conjunction with the trust’s directors and Burton Albion football club’s community trust.

Head of physiotherapy at Queen’s Hospital, Burton, Melanie Rowland, said the day was a great example of leadership by the trust’s Band 5 physiotherapy workforce.

‘This has really helped raise the profile of the profession and the vital role that physios have in health promotion,’ she said.

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