It’s 2020 and no doubt many staff have made a few New Year resolutions hoping to spark a positive change.

Our Flourish campaign to kick start January is #Goals and includes lots of information and advice on easy, good-for-you goals rather than drastic measures!

By making simple lifestyle tweaks each day, you’ll not only jumpstart a healthier body and mind — you’ll feel better – whether that’s squeezing a little more fitness into your busy time, slimming down, eating better or cutting back on alcohol.

We’re also a proud partner of The Great North Run which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and are looking for runners of all abilities to get involved! It’s time to take care of someone very important, the person you often forget to pay attention to – you!

Last year, many of you dipped your running toes in the water by taking part in the Great North 5K and our very own NHS wave.

So if you want to go one better in 2020 by doing a 10K or even the half marathon itself – or are simply looking for some motivation to get fitter – now is your chance!

We have teamed up with the Great North Run Company, which this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the world’s biggest half marathon, and are asking staff to take part in – and save the date for – two important events:

The Great North 10K
Sunday 28 June (which takes place on the date the first Great North Run took place in 1981)

Great North 5K
Friday 11 September (including the NHS Wave)

We’re hoping to build on the success of last year and want to see a huge wave of blue proudly flying the flag for the NHS. You can register an interest by sending your details to flourish@nuth.nhs.uk – further information about entry prices will be available shortly.

Perhaps you’re also thinking about tackling the 2020 Great North Run for charity? The ballot opens in early January and you can sign up to their reminder service now – you may also want to consider running for Newcastle Hospitals. Again if you’re interested please email.

We would love to encourage staff who have never run before to take up this new year challenge and even have our own Newcastle Hospitals Running Group – AnuTHer Mile – to offer you the support you need.

The Great North Run Company has also produced a series of training packs, ranging from absolutely beginners to those who can run a little already, which can be downloaded below.

The Public Health England ‘One You’ campaign encourages people to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health.

of all deaths in England are due to everyday habits and behaviours such as eating too much unhealthy food, smoking, excessive drinking and not being active enough.

The campaign reminds people that it’s never too late to improve their health – and that making small lifestyle changes such as eating well, drinking less alcohol, quitting smoking or being more active can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.

There’s also a small online quiz called ‘How Are You’ which helps you identify where you can make small changes and provides personalised recommendations, tools and advise to help you take action where it’s most needed.

‘We Are Undefeatable’ is a movement supporting people with a range of long-term health conditions, developed by 15 leading health and social care charities. Their purpose is to support and encourage people to find ways to be active that work with their own condition, not against them.

Being Undefeatable is understanding that how you feel can change from day-to-day, that everybody’s situation is unique, and that moving more when you can is just as important as accepting when you can’t. We believe that every achievement, no matter how small it might seem to someone else, is worth celebrating.

The campaign brings together partners who reach people living with: Arthritis, some long-term limiting mobility conditions, Alzheimer’s, Asthma, Back pain, Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease/Lung Condition, Dementia, Heart Disease, Stroke, hypertension (or other heart related condition), Long-term depression or anxiety, MS, Parkinson’s, Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.

It is a great site we would recommend for staff and patients!

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