Walk at Work training for workplaces

05/04/2012

NHS Orkney, Paths for All and Healthy Working Lives have teamed up to offer an exciting training opportunity for workplaces in Orkney.
 
Walk at Work training is a one day course aimed at getting staff more active by starting a workplace walking project. This training will provide essential knowledge, skills and ideas to develop and deliver a successful workplace walking project. The day includes a demonstration health walk and the aim is to give people the confidence to get out there and get walking with colleagues.
 
The event is taking place on Friday April 20 from 9.30am until 4.30pm in the McGillivray Room, Orkney Library, Kirkwall.
 
NHS Orkney’s Director of Public Health, Dr Louise Wilson, said: “we are delighted to offer this free course in Orkney to encourage workplaces to support their staff to be healthier, fitter and happier and of course have a greener workplace.  There are big health benefits, both emotionally and physically, to be gained through walking, and it can count towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity. Five 30 minute walks is all it takes to help keep yourself healthy”.
 
Local Paths for All, Walk Leader, Gillian Skuse explained: “Walking is an excellent way to keep fit and enjoy the fantastic scenery and wildlife that Orkney has to offer”.
 
By taking part in the training, participants can expect to learn:
 
·        How to get the support of management for a workplace walking programme
·        Understanding of the benefits of a workplace walking project for employee and employer
·        Recognise the main barriers to getting colleagues walking
·        Describe the main issues and considerations involved in organising a health walk
·        Have a basic understanding of route planning, risk assessment and recognise potential hazards on a health walk
·        Outline the roles and responsibilities of a Walk Leader
 
All participants taking part in the course will receive a manual, toolkit, action plan and resource materials on the day and are asked to wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for a walk outdoors on the day.
 
For more information contact Katie Spence at the Public Health Department on 888 116 or katiespence@nhs.net by Friday April 13.
 

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