Health workers make healthy transport choices

Capital & Coast District Health Board is getting behind an initiative to get people out of their cars and into their walking shoes, as an easy way of getting exercise.

Tomorrow is Walk 2 Work Day, which is encouraging people to take the old fashioned mode of transport to their workplace.

C&C DHB staff who take part in the initiative will have the chance to win spot prizes as a reward for their choice to be active, says C&C DHB Travel Planner Jan Simmons.

“We’ve been promoting ‘Stepping Out Month’ and we’re looking forward to Walk 2 Work Day when a number of staff at our Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti sites will receive a prize pack containing goodies donated by local sponsors,” Jan says.

Living Streets Aotearoa is running a Walk 2 Work day breakfast in Frank Kitts Park, and has organised the prize packs for hospital staff who won’t be able to attend the breakfast in town.

C&C DHB has worked closely with Living Streets Aotearoa to promote walking to work, and also participates in the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s (GWRC) workplace travel plan programme.

About 50 spot prize winners will receive a GWRC “Smart Travel” discount card which entitles them to discounts at participating retailers around the region as an incentive to choose walking, cycling and public transport for commuting trips.

“Walking to work is fun, healthy and environmentally friendly, and in addition reduces pressure on parking around the hospitals. DHB staff have taken up the challenge and this is a way of saying well done and thank you to them,” Jan says.

For more information contact: Jan Simmons, Capital and Coast DHB Phone: (04) 385 5999 x 6273 or 021 023 90261 or Liz Thomas, Director, Living Streets Aotearoa Phone: 021 106 4201.

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