Staff from Wellway Medical learn how to Go Smarter

Staff from Wellway Medical in Northumberland showed their commitment to sustainable and active travel by working with Go Smarter, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland’s sustainable transport programme, on a Pedometer Walking Challenge.

Staff from Wellway Medical in Northumberland showed their commitment to sustainable and active travel by working with Go Smarter, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland’s sustainable transport programme, on a Pedometer Walking Challenge.

50 members of staff across four surgeries took part in the challenge, which saw 10 teams battle it out to see who could walk the most number of miles over a five-day period.

Designed to encourage staff to be more active and consider sustainable and active travel as the preferred method to commute to work, the Pedometer Walking Challenge was a huge success with receptionists, delivery drivers, pharmacy staff, community nurses, administrative and secretarial staff, managers, health visitors and GP’s from Wellway Medical, all taking part.

The team that took first place was from Morpeth Pharmacy who completed a huge 226,648 steps between them, totally approximately 113 miles.

The individual who walked the most number of miles was Colin Baker, delivery driver for Wellway Medical Pharmacy. Colin walked more than 33 miles as part of the Go Smarter Pedometer Walking Challenge.

“Given that my job involves a lot of driving it was a really nice change to add more walking to my day. Being more active definitely gave me more energy at work and it was great to see staff across the Group get involved in the challenge.

“I was so surprised to find out I’d walked the most number of miles. It just goes to show easy it can be to change your routine and add more active travel to your day. It’s definitely something I’m going to continue and I would encourage more people to do the same.”

As well as taking part in the Go Smarter Pedometer Walking Challenge, staff at Wellway Medical were also invited to complete a Travel Survey allowing Go Smarter to identify ways in which staff could introduce sustainable and active travel as part of the daily commute to work.

Respondents were provided with bespoke travel packs based on their answers. These included public transport ticket vouchers for people that normally travelled by car; cycling equipment and information on cycling skills courses for people that could commute to work by bike and for those whose only option was to use a car, information was provided on green driving courses, which can reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

For more information about travelling to work sustainably, visit www.gosmarter.co.uk/work