Workmates urged to get active

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SIMON.KNYVETT
@theensign.co.nz

Gore Health staff are looking to lead by example Vodafone Workplace Challenge.

The challenge, run by Sport Southland, has been running for about five years and gets those working together to motivate one another to exercise each day.

Gore Health business manager Rhonda Reid is organising the general practitioners in the practice for the challenge.

She said the organisation had four teams entered this year, up from two previous.

“We have all 18 of our GP staff on board, doing the challenge.

“I think it may be the time of the year in combination of peer pressure that gets people on board,” Mrs Reid said.

She was encouraging participants to be competitive as their teams hoped to compare themselves with hospital staff who had at least five teams entered.

Mrs Reid said she backed the challenge as a way of getting people to work together in a workplace.

Off on a walk... Gore health GP staff on a walk ahead of the Vodafone Workplace Challenge.
Off on a walk… Gore health GP staff on a walk ahead of the Vodafone Workplace Challenge.

“It definitely makes you aware of how much you are exercising. You don’t want to let down your team,” she said.

“You are encouraging each other to do extra and getting each other out to do more activities.”

Mrs Reid said being in the health profession, they should set an example as well.

Sport Southland’s Eastern Southland sports adviser Martin Mackereth said there had been encouraging growth for the challenge in Gore the last few years.

“We were lucky enough to have 57 teams on board in Gore last year, which grew from 32 the year before,” Mr Mackereth said.

He believed it was a way the area could do itself proud by beating those in Invercargill when it came to growth.

Those who enter the challenge are required to record the minutes they are active for each day. This means keeping an increased heart rate for a period of 10 minutes or longer.

At the end of each week, the team leader totals it all up and registers it by 10am every Monday.

Team size varies from three to five team members and workplaces can enter multiple teams.

This year, more than $10,000 worth of prizes can be won.

Teams will also compete in weekly Noel Leeming challenges, where they will participate in a team challenge and then load the end result on Facebook. This will then be judged.

The winning team is announced the following week in the newsletter.

Bonus minutes will be available in a challenge each week.

Registrations for the Vodafone Workplace Challenge close on October 25.

The challenge runs from October 31 to November 27.