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We’re stepping out to boost city’s health record

Updated: May 19, 2022

We’re thrilled to be leading the way in an innovative campaign to get Sheffield moving.

It’s the first time that we have signed up to the Move More Workplace Challenge, a physical activity programme that aims to transform Sheffield into the most active city in the UK by 2020.

Employees from our two practices in Woodseats and Crosspool have come together to create a team of five to enter the month-long competition which organisations and businesses across the city can take part in. The idea is that participants track their activity using the Move More app throughout June to reach a total that is recorded as a team.

At the end of day 17, the Alex Gage Optometrist team is still at the top of the Workplace Challenge leader board with 29,952 minutes spent exercising that equates to 374 minutes per team member, Woodseats practice manager Cara Smith said.

“With the competition finishing at the end of the month, we’re all taking our physical activity seriously, and I’m not alone in saying that this certainly makes us more aware of keeping fit while at work or outside of work.

“I was pleased to be involved as I’m trying to be more physically active and it’s nice to make the effort as a team. It’s even turned into a competition among ourselves as we’re all trying to challenge each other to the title of the person who has taken the most steps.”

Team captain and optometrist Sarah Gage said it provided an excellent opportunity to participate in a local health and wellbeing initiative that keeps everyone motivated.

The Move More Workplace Challenge is part of the city’s wider Move More programme led by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) Sheffield as it embarks upon its mission to transform Sheffield into the most active in the UK by 2020.

It is a strategy designed to encourage those who live and work in Sheffield to be physically active on a daily basis so they can experience a really high quality of life and improve their health and wellbeing.

The independent charity Yorkshire Cancer Research is partnering with the NCSEM to deliver the Workplace Challenge aspect of Move More Month 2017.

June has been designated Sheffield’s Move More Month with a dedicated schedule of physical activity offered by partners across Sheffield including Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre and various parks in the city.


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