GPs launch fitness club to boost health of patients and staff

A GP practice in Warwickshire has launched a fitness club for staff and patients, in a push to improve health and wellbeing and lead by example on the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Clarendon Lodge Medical Practice, in Leamington Spa, will host a day of sporting activities to coincide with National Fitness Day on 25 September, as it looks to inspire people to get active and educate them about opportunities to take part in sport.

Patients and staff will be able to take part in taster sessions for yoga, taekwondo and salsa, or a high intensity interval training (HIIT) session led by Wasps rugby players. Workshops will show people how to get involved in running, cycling and swimming in the local area.

The Leamington Spa GPs have also challenged their community to complete 10,000 miles of activity by joining the #pledge10000, with patients and staff being encouraged to share their achievements on the practice’s social media platforms.

Leading by example

Dr Ollie Lawton, a partner at Clarendon Lodge and key member of the launch day team said it was important staff led by example: ‘We feel strongly that we have a central part to play in helping people live more active lives. It’s one thing to give lifestyle advice in a consultation, but getting involved in [the fitness club] shows our patients and our staff the practice’s commitment to improving physical and mental health through exercise.'

South Warwickshire CCG chair David Spraggett has backed the initiative: ‘I am delighted to see one of our GP practices taking such a proactive and forward-thinking approach to helping patients improve their health and wellbeing. We have a responsibility to think about measures to future-proof the health of our patients and this initiative by Clarendon Lodge is an excellent example of how we can do this.’

An official National Fitness Day event, the launch and activities will take place in the Clarendon Lodge car park from 2pm to 6.10pm on 25 September.

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