Health Achievements for Council Staff

THE borough council is encouraging staff to get active this summer through a "lifestyle challenge” programme.

The Lifestyle Challenge programme aims to make council staff healthier by encouraging them to be more physically active.  It is funded by a £43,305 Sport England grant.

As part of the scheme a fleet of eight new bikes is now available for staff to cycle around the borough for work purposes or to use for leisurely rides.

Workplace Health Development Co-ordinator, Andy Webster, said:  "With the summer in full swing now is the perfect time for the council to take the lead in encouraging people across the borough to get out and get active.”

"A big thank you has to go to Big Bill’s Bikes based in Ellesmere Port who have provided lots of advice and support in setting up the programme.”

Council employee Julie Pearce has recently become the first council employee to complete a full marathon distance through the council’s Lifestyle Challenge.

She achieved the gruelling distance at Stanney Oaks Athletics Track during her lunchtimes as part of a ‘Marathon Madness’ activity.

Andy added: "A big thank you has to go to Cheshire Oaks High School who have supported the programme by allowing council staff to use the track during the day as well as changing facilities.”

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Press release issued: July 11 2006

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