Fitness first

NHS Sport & Physical Activity Awards, Richmond House, Whitehall, London 22.11.11
NHS Sport & Physical Activity Awards, Richmond House, Whitehall, London 22.11.11

THE chief executive of the NHS presented a gold award to a local mental health trust to salute its healthy living efforts in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

David Nicholson dished out the prestigious gong to the 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust last week alongside former Olympic champion triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards.

The award – presented to just a handful of trusts nationally - reflects the sheer breadth of fitness-boosting activities that have been on offer for staff in the past 12 months.

“We created an irresistible ‘tapas’ of taster fitness sessions covering everything from traditional circuit-training to zumba, cardiokick and boxercise,” explains Mike Roscoe, who spear-headed the 2012 efforts at the trust.

“Coupled with free 12-month access to a virtual online gym, monthly challenges around diet and fitness, and ad-hoc events like our trust-wide rounders tournament, we have challenged staff to get fitter and eat better to enjoy all the positive mental well-being benefits that come with being healthy.”

The 5 Boroughs Partnership attracted 110 staff members to its fitness taster classes, including a core group of 25 people.

It was this effort that ensured the trust was one of just 16 across the country to be invited to the nation’s capital for the presentation ceremony.

“It was great to be able to speak to Jonathan Edwards,” said Simon Barber, the trust’s chief executive.

“He was really impressed with what the trust has been doing and I have to say equally impressed with Mike Roscoe.

“I felt very proud listening to Jonathan tell me and others how impressed he was with Mike’s passion and enthusiasm.”