Active 2014

ACTIVE 2014: Campaign partners share healthy mission

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the largest health board in the UK, providing healthcare to more than 1.2 million people and employing more than 40,000 staff in areas covering Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and parts of South Lanarkshire, including Rutherglen and Cambuslang.

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Its Active Staff campaign is encouraging employees to get moving with activity sessions and physical challenges all across the West of Scotland.

Linda de Caestecker, director of public health, said: "This summer the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow as we welcome some of the world's top sportsmen and women to our city.

"There have never been more opportunities available to to get active - either individually, as part of a community group or through the support of your employer.

"Over the next 12 months, Active 2014 will show readers how much is available to help them get more active and support each individual to take that first step.

"This is about taking small but vital steps to increase levels of activity, whether you are already active or if you are not active at all.

"Studies have shown that even small increases in physical activity can produce significant health benefits. And for some, it can save their life."

Glasgow Life has sports centres, running tracks, swimming pools, tennis courts and football pitches as well as the Emirates Arena and Velodrome.

Councillor Archie Graham, Glasgow Life chairman and executive member for the Commonwealth Games, said Glasgow Life is delighted to be working with the Evening Times and NHSGGC to inspire Glaswegians to live healthier, happier lives.

"Encouraging people to get involved in sport and improve their health is a priority for the city, and that will be the true legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"Active 2014 is a great opportunity to build on the progress we have already made. Investing in sporting facilities across the city and introducing a range of fitness programmes for people of all ages have given us a firm foundation for achieving our legacy aims.

"The campaign will help drive many more people towards these fantastic sporting facilities, increase participation in fitness programmes, drive sports club memberships and inspire the next generation of Glaswegians to maintain an active lifestyle.

"Glasgow Club is Scotland's biggest network of health and fitness facilities, and last year there were a record 6.3 million attendances across all centres.

"There are 32,000 members of the Glasgow Club and in the last four years attendances at sports facilities have increased by 40%.

"This reflects the record levels of investment and the city's desire to see more people become fit and active. The beauty of the campaign is that it is applies to people of all ages and abilities.

"All three partners are striving to make it as easy and as enjoyable as possible for Glaswegians to improve their health and become more active."

Evening Times editor Tony Carlin said: "The whole point of Active 2014 is to encourage as many people as possible to make some small and sustainable lifestyle changes which can have a big impact on their overall health.

"We are delighted to work in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow Life to use the opportunities offered by the Commonwealth Games to help create a lasting health legacy for our citizens."

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Tips to help you keep active from the Glasgow Club

  • Be realistic about what you want to achieve
  • Build up the intensity and frequency of your activity sessions gradually
  • Find an activity which you enjoy
  • Exercise with a friend
  • Use the stairs as often as possible
  • Make active choices as part of your daily routine
  • Get out at Lunchtime! Why not go to the shops or park at lunchtime instead of staying at work? The walk will also make you feel more awake in the afternoon