Hospital Staff Encouraged to Get Fighting Fit

Altogether Now Health Ambassador Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose was the special guest as Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust highlighted its new healthier workforce strategy at a special event on Wednesday 15 July.

As part of its commitment to the town’s unparalleled Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool partnership, the multi-agency crusade to improve the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of people in Blackpool, the Trust is working closely with a number of organisations to offer staff the best opportunities to live healthily. During the day teams from within the Trust and groups within the community showcased the services they offer to support staff in leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Those who attended had the opportunity to engage in a range of activities from health checks, quizzes, discounted gym memberships, free weight management programmes, awareness sessions on drugs and alcohol, stress awareness and meet staff from the chaplaincy department and library. The Trust choir was also in attendance and staff from Blackpool FC Community Trust had a presence throughout — raising awareness about the range of initiatives it delivers under the banner of Altogether Now to improve health, fitness, education and lifestyles.

The event also saw the launch of a new staff website giving staff information about leading a healthier lifestyle.

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The Blackpool fighter was on hand to show his support for the initiative and showcase the importance of a healthy lifestyle through his role as Altogether Now Health Ambassador. Staff had the opportunity to quiz ‘The  Lion’ on his diet and training regime as he prepares for a rematch with Carson Jones on Saturday 1 August.

Brian said: “Altogether Now aims to encourage and inspire the people of Blackpool to think more consciously about their health and lifestyle choices. I’m glad I could be there to continue spreading the important message in my role as a Health Ambassador for the partnership.

I know a lot of people at the hospital and have family who work there. They spend a lot of their time thinking about the health of other people so I think it is fantastic that they are being given guidance and support about looking after themselves.’’

 Notes to editors:

Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool is a partnership between the NHS in Blackpool (Clinical Commissioning Group and Hospitals Trust); Blackpool Council and Blackpool Football Club. The all-inclusive programme is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people in Blackpool, irrespective of age, race, gender or ability through increased physical activity, lifestyle changes and an awareness of the role mental health and wellbeing play in overall health.