Staff at Barnsley Hospital were encouraged to stick with their new year’s resolutions with the help of the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Fair.

Advice on losing weight, keeping fit and kicking habits such as drinking or smoking was on offer in an attempt to help members of staff improve their health and wellbeing.

Local business and partners Barnsley Premier Leisure, Yorkshire Smokefree service, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, DISC (Recovery Steps Barnsley) and inmotion! Travel.

“The health and wellbeing of our staff is paramount, which is why the Health and Wellbeing fair is an important event every year,” said Barnsley Hospital Chairman, Steve Wragg.

“I would like to thank all the stallholders for bringing their information to the fair and for being so engaging and interactive with our staff. It’s great that so many staff were able to attend and make the fair such a success.

“The Trust has lots of resources on site that are available to staff and we encourage all staff to make as much use of the resources as they need to help their health and Wellbeing.

There was also the opportunity for attendees to have wellness checks, which measure blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol.

The event provided Barnsley Premier Leisure with the chance to showcase the Health Referral Scheme which is an twelve week programme designed to help people registered with a Barnsley GP manage and improve their health through structured and supervised exercise sessions.

Health Referral Scheme Co-ordinator Mark Goodhead said: “It was a great opportunity to generate interest in the fitness memberships available to NHS staff.

“The day allowed us to make useful contacts within the Hospital with staff who would like more information on the Health Referral Scheme and would like to explore the possibility of opening a referral pathway into the programme.”

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