Boxer Brian strikes a blow for fitness

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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose helped put NHS staff through their paces as part of a campaign to improve their health and well-being.

Staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took part in events aimed at boosting their fitness.

I’m glad I can help to spread these important messages about getting fit

Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose

The Trust recently launched a health and wellbeing campaign called A Better Tomorrow for BTH staff and appointed Brian as an ambassador.

He said: “We aim to encourage and inspire the people of Blackpool to think more consciously about their health and lifestyle choices.

“I’m glad I can help to spread these important messages about getting fit and leading a healthy lifestyle to as many people as possible, especially local NHS staff.”

The campaign has seen a new staff website launched to promote a healthier workforce including information on sporting activities and healthy eating advice.

It also promotes specialist support services such as stop smoking and weight management and also points staff to areas where they can get emotional support and counseling if needed.

It has also encouragedstaff to become health champions to do their bit to support and motivate their colleagues to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The Trust’s chief executive Gary Doherty, said: “We realised some time ago that we needed to do as much as we could to look after the health and wellbeing of our staff.

“We have always had an active staff health and wellbeing centre at the Trust but we have taken that a step further by launching our new campaign and increasing the activities on offer and support available.’’

In October the Trust will be providing a 12 week in-house weight management programme to support staff to lose weight and increase their physical activity.

The Staff Health & Wellbeing Centre has also developed plans to provide more support for stress, anxiety, low mood and sleep difficulties.