Published: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Chair blog: legacy

 

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As we all start to get back to normal following the excitement of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, I’d like to take a look at our Commonwealth legacy and the opportunities we have in the aftermath of the Games.

 

The Commonwealth Games was a fantastic platform for showcasing the benefits of physical activity and exercise. While obviously not everyone will become a gold medallist or set world records, at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital we are dedicated to creating a positive, sustainable legacy for our staff, patients and the local community.

 

As the home of national and regional heart and lung services, we know all too well the risks we all run with an inactive lifestyle, but also the amazing benefits that making small changes to your day to day life can have on your overall health and wellbeing.

 

Since the beginning of 2014, we have been encouraging our staff to do just that, by taking up a personal fitness challenge as part of our Commonwealth Commonhealth programme. Whether this was running a marathon or taking the stairs every day, the response has been fantastic with hundreds of individuals participating and many of them raising money for charities in the process. We recently celebrated these achievements with a certificate presentation ceremony during our Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations.

 

We also recently received the Cycle Friendly Employer Award from Cycling Scotland, following a concerted effort to become a more environmentally friendly and physically active organisation by promoting the benefits of cycling to work. Over the past several years we have made amazing progress in this area, installing secure, covered storage areas, introducing a cycle to work scheme and hosting Better Way to Work events alongside the Bike Station to ensure our staff have the support and resources they need to lead healthy and active lives.

 

And even more recently, as a key part of our Commonwealth legacy and our commitment to working with the local community, we unveiled our Golden Jubilee and Beardmore walking routes.

 

The Golden Jubilee route is approximately one kilometre in length and the Beardmore route is approximately two kilometres, with benches positioned along the route to give you the chance to rest at regular intervals.

 

Taking in views of the River Clyde and continuing through the gardens of the hospital and hotel, both of our routes follow clearly marked paths and roads, suitable for walking and jogging but also accessible to anyone using a  wheelchair, pushchair or who has a mobility problem.

 

We hope that these new walking routes will encourage more people than ever before to take advantage of the beautiful spaces we have right on our doorstep and decide to take a lunchtime walk, an evening stroll or even take up running.

 

As Scotland’s National Hospital, caring for individuals with long term often complex conditions, we are committed to continually finding new ways to encourage everyone to lead healthy, active lives.

 

The fundamental principles of our NHS are to promote and sustain health improvement, not just for the individuals who come to us needing treatment, but for every member of staff and for the local community. These initiatives are just some of the steps we are taking at the Golden Jubilee to ensure that we are upholding this responsibility as we continue to move forward and develop our services.  If like me, you’ve had a bit of a think about what you can do to be more active, then let’s get out there and walk!

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