£ for LB Challenge - Let's Celebrate

16/06/2015

Belfast Trust joined 29 organisations in Northern Ireland in the '£ for lb Challenge' in partnership with Business in the Community.

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This Challenge encouraged healthy weight loss amongst employees in a fun and supported way with the added bonus that a charity benefitted when the cumulative weight loss in pounds was matched by that amount donated to charity.

128 Trust Staff took up the challenge when we first advertised in February. Champions from within the Health Improvement and Nutrition and Dietetics Teams lead four groups in Shankill Health and Well Being Centre, Holywood Arches Well Being and Treatment Centre, Knockbreda Centre and Musgrave Park Hospital.

Pictured at the Cheque Presentation: Fiona Meenan, Bryan Nelson, Marie Shaw and Claire Hogarth

The Participants were supported over the 12 weeks with on-line resources and weekly weigh-ins and the comradery of fellow staff.

The twelve weeks are now complete and we are delighted to announce that altogether Trust staff had a:

  • weight loss of 157.2 kg or 346.5 lbs and a
  • reduction of waist circumference of 126.5cms or 49.8 inches.

This equates to a collective total of 24 Stones 10.5 lbs lost by our staff participating in the Challenge.

 Internettimetocelebrate.jpg This represents a fantastic effort on the part of the participants and the wonderfully encouraging work of the four champions who lead the groups (Laura Kennedy, Susan McConnell, Barbara Redmond and Marie Shaw) and who are continuing to support the participants through additional initiatives such as walking programmes and weigh-in’s.