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Townsville smashes Cairns and Hinterland HHS in participation for 10,000 Steps

14 August 2018 

Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) laid down the gauntlet to Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) this year in honour of the 10,000 Steps Tournament. 

The first big challenge has been taken out by Townsville, with more than 13 per cent of their workforce signed up for the 4-week 10,000 Steps Tournament. 

The highest average steps for the Golden Boot is marked down as the next goal. In total, 887 THHS staff members signed up across 92 different teams, 16 of which were rural. 

This is a stellar increase from last year, which saw 84 THHS teams register. 

Team members from across every Townsville Hospital and Health Service group are participating – many of whom were very creative with their team names. 

“There were so many amazing names,” THHS HealthWorks co-ordinator Karen Verney said. 

“Some of the most notable ones included: Blister Sisters, Sweat Regret and Oxygen Debt, Chafing the Dream, Red Hot Chilli Steppers, Motionally Challenged, Perspiring Leaders, Walking on Ayr and many more. 

“It highlighted the great workplace spirit we have and showed that people are already having a great time.” 

Karen said that while there was an emphasis on healthy living it also came down to workplace engagement. 

“It’s all about doing it together and encouraging team work and team spirit,” Karen said. 

“Our 92 team captains have really stepped up by supporting and encouraging their teams to find ways to be active.

“Pathology has organised a team walk to Pallarenda, colleagues from rival teams in palliative care have walked up Mount Stuart together and the physiotherapists and occupational therapists have sparked good-natured rivalry.” 

While 10,000 steps a day may be the goal for some, Karen said it was important for everyone to keep their own limits in mind.

“Some people won’t have 10,000 steps as their goal and that’s okay because it’s all about your personal goal,” Karen said.

“People are achieving their activity goals in different ways and using the 10,000 Steps activity conversion calculator to add steps for activities such as swimming, cycling and even housework, others are bushwalking on Palm Island and walking the hill. 

“The Tournament raises awareness about physical activity levels and can result in behaviour changes which promote healthy lifestyles that continue outside of the challenge.” 

Since taking out the participation shield, Karen said our rivals in Cairns were now keener than ever to win back the Golden Boot for highest average steps. 

“We need to keep active and make sure we log the most steps,” Karen said.

“Good luck to everybody and, most of all, have fun and enjoy being more active.” 

Challenge yourself, friends and workmates to the free 10,000 Steps program today www.10000steps.org.au.

Last updated: 15 August 2018