BALLARAT Health Service’s Sharp Shooters are stepping up their stepping game.
BHS is the leading Australian organisation in the 2013 Global Corporate Challenge, and the Sharp Shooters’ seven dialysis unit staff comprise its leading team.
The leadership positions are worked out by the number of participants enrolled, the number of people who enter their steps on the challenge website and the number of people who average more than 10,000 steps a day.
Sharp Shooters team leader Rachel White said they were averaging 22,800 steps daily, which also put them in the top 500 of the 38,000 teams enrolled worldwide.
“We’re all fairly active, but we’ve just stepped it up,” Ms White said.
But fellow team member Sue-anne Short quipped: “It’s called cracking the whip by the team leader.”
The team walks together on Sundays andmembes make sure they park their cars a fair distance from work, as well as keeping up their regular running and tennis.
They also set each other daily mini walking challenges and carry out tasks around the hospital normally done by ward clerks to make sure they meet their step quotas.
“The hospital has also organised activities, such as an orienteering activity on Sunday, to help out,” Ms White said.
BHS sub-acute and community executive director Wendy Hubbard said BHS supported the 16-week challenge to promote healthy activity among the staff.
“We only had four teams enter last year and this year we had 90,” Ms Hubbard said.
“We have 4000 employees and they can spread the healthy message to their families too.”
As well as Ms White and Ms Short, the Sharp Shooters comprise Trish Coutts, Sally Gaylor, Leila Higham, Liz Bell and Lynette Close.