Staff at EMIS Health have ‘walked around the world’ as part of a global health challenge while raising £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
179 members of staff from the Leeds based healthcare technology company covered a distance of 40,000km by walking more than 114 million steps over four weeks as part of the “On Our Way challenge”.
Launched by the global Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) Network, the initiative saw seven organisations from across the world pledging to improve their employees’ health and wellbeing.
Chief Medical Officer at EMIS Group, Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, highlighted that as the company works in healthcare, they wanted to help motivate staff to increase their physical exercise and improve their health and wellbeing.
Staff launched lunchtime walks to get them away from their desks and there was a healthy competitive spirit amongst the more experienced cyclists and runners.
The CMO Network’s first ever On Our Way Challenge used technology developed by BUPA where staff downloaded an app to their smartphones to track their physical activity.
Overall, during the challenge, 430 million steps were taken by participants – the equivalent of 326,000 km (202,000 miles) or eight times around the equator.