11 colleagues at Pont Newydd Medical Centre in Porth are taking on the 1 Million Step Challenge.
The team, led by GP Karen Pascoe, includes pharmacists, nurses, healthcare assistants and receptionists have been inspired to take up the challenge. Some of the team members had been told they were at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes themselves, encouraging them to try to improve their fitness.
Dr Pascoe said, “I was looking for a challenge to bring us together as a team and encourage us all to be a bit more active. We see a lot of patients living with Type 2 diabetes, and are all conscious of the lifestyle factors that can put you more at risk of developing it.
“It’s been very enjoyable so far. I’ve been updating my steps each day. Some days I get to 20,000 and some days only 3,000, but tracking our progress is a great motivator. We are hoping to organise some group walks before the end of the challenge.
“The most important thing is that everyone is doing more than they would have been without the challenge.”
Know Your Risk
Thank you so much to the team for raising such important awareness of some of the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes, and setting such a positive example to their patients and colleagues.
As many as three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.
If you know your risk, you can take steps to reduce it. Try our free Know Your Risk tool to find out yours.