Lunchtime walks help re-energise staff

Lunchtime walks have been re-launched to help encourage Hospital staff to fit in a spot of exercise and socialise with colleagues.

The union Unison funded lunch for those who signed-up to take part to help re-launch the walks on Thursday last week.

And staff are being reminded that the walks will now take place every Thursday setting off from the hospital’s main reception at 12.30pm. There’s one this Thursday and everyone is welcome to join in.
The half hour strolls are an ideal way to give staff a stress free break and a chance to leave their work area.

Peter Dales, Unison Branch Chair, said: “Unison is pleased to support staff and members in this kind of initiative and hopes that more staff will join in and it becomes more popular week by week.”
The walks are being supported by the Council’s Connect project, a scheme aimed at promoting sustainable transport in the borough, such as walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport.

Jennifer Ashworth and Jill Spence, both Medical Secretaries based at Royal Blackburn Hospital, took part in the re-launch walk.

Jill said: “It’s the first time we have taken part in the lunchtime walk, we wanted to get involved as we are both trying to lose weight and it’s a good way of fitting a bit of exercise into your day.

“When we worked at Burnley we used to run because when you’re sat at a desk all day it’s important that you fit in some physical activity.”

Jennifer added: “I think the lunchtime walks are a really good idea because it helps re-energise you after lunch when you would normally have a slump.”
Retired social worker Miriam Whittle is leading the walks. She was kindly assisted on Thursday by walking volunteer Ian Beardsworth.

Miriam said: “Everyone seemed to enjoy Thursday’s walk and we will be varying the walks each week to give those taking part a change of scenery

“The walks are a great way to help people feel more relaxed and ready to carry on the rest of the day with a more positive attitude.”

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