Outdoor gym installed at NNUH to support health and wellbeing of staff and visitors
Patients and staff from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals have joined together this week to celebrate the official opening of a new outdoor gym at the Colney Lane site in Norwich.
The gym includes five exercise machines, including an air walker and a workout cycle, and was designed to be accessible to all adults. It is situated near to the perimeter tarmac path which circles the hospital and was installed by Caloo.
This facility is free for staff, patients and visitors and has been funded by charitable donations. The new gym forms part of the Trust’s commitment to the wellbeing of staff and public.
Members of NNUH staff were there to celebrate the official opening by Director of Nursing, Emma McKay, including Jeremy Over, Director of Workforce and Hilary Winch, Head of Workplace Health and Wellbeing. Kevin Page from Octagon Healthcare was also present and contributed to the purchase of the equipment along with support from Serco.
Hilary Winch, Head of Workplace Health and Wellbeing at NNUH said: “Physical activity is vital to reduce the risk of chronic disease and cancer, improving mental health as well as achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, physical activity greatly assists with rehabilitation from surgery and medical conditions. Having an outside gym at the trust increases the opportunities for physical activity.”
Emma McKay, NNUH Director of Nursing said: “NHS trusts across the country are promoting health and wellbeing and advocating the need for us as a nation to get healthier and more active. We are delighted that NNUH are able to provide this free outdoor facility which can be accessed by staff and members of the communities we serve. In doing this we can promote the importance of physical activity and the wellbeing of those who use it.’’
Louise Cook, NNUH Fundraising Manager said: “We owe a huge thank you for this equipment to all our wonderful fundraisers and donors including from our 2016 NNUH Bike Ride. These donations have enabled us to support and enhance the services that care for people and keep people well.”
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