NHS Health Week Pedometer Challenge

November 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

As a part of a Writtle College Health Week, students and staff in association with the NHS Mid Essex Working Well Project have just completed a Pedometer Challenge.

The Pedometer Challenge, initiated by students from the Sports and Exercise Performance course and their course lecturer Mark Walker Deputy Head of School - Sport, Equine & Animal Sciences, is one of the many challenges set by the NHS Mid Essex Working Well Project to encourage communities to undertake health and wellbeing activities.

The Writtle College Health Week hosted a full list of activities, including the Pedometer Challenge. Other activities included: Gong Relaxation, Doctor Bike, Health Walk Leader Training, Pilates Sessions, Squash Coaching and Yoga.

Mark Walker commented: “The activities that started last Friday (11 November) have been designed to encourage students and staff to think about their health and highlight the simple things that can be done to improve their wellbeing.”

Lyn Mowforth, Workplace Health Promotion Specialist, Central Essex Community Services, organised the Pedometer Challenge, and Mark went on to say: “Lyn and I were overwhelmed with the response to the challenge at the College - we had 20 teams enter and distributed over 80 pedometers - there was even a waiting list to take part! We are planning to run another college walking challenge in the New Year on a much larger scale.”

To celebrate the completion of the Pedometer Challenge, Shelley Woods, Heart and Sole Walk Co-ordinator organised a 30 minute Health Walk around the College campus with the participating teams before the Award Ceremony in the College restaurant The Garden Room. The winning team won £40 worth of vouchers.

Pictured - Mark Walker giving a student a pedometer for the challenge.