NHS staff set an example

STAFF from NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde are showing patients how it’s done by striving to be more active in 2013.

The health board is encouraging its 38,000 employees into trying the Drop a Glass Size campaign, as well as taking up smoking cessation and nutrition services.

The Weigh in @ Work scheme, piloted at the new Stobhill hospital has now been rolled out to the southside, with the New Victoria and laboratories at the Southern General taking part in weight management schemes.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, director of public health, explained: “There are very good reasons for NHS staff to become healthier.

“Firstly it benefits everyone to improve their lifestyle, but our staff are also advocates to patients.

“If NHS staff are physically active – and that can mean everything from running marathons to walking and gardening – they will know all about the positive changes to their personal health, and this is advice they can pass onto those in their care”.

Anyone else interested in following the lead of health workers and joining smoking cessation services can call 0800 848484 – or ask for more information from their GP.