EMIS Health staff walk around the world for charity

27 Jun 2017

Staff from Rawdon-based EMIS Health have ‘walked around the world’ as part of a global health challenge.

The healthcare technology company successfully completed the On Our Way challenge, with 179 staff walking over 114 million steps over four weeks, covering a distance of 40,000km.

The initiative, launched by the global Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) Network, saw seven organisations from across the globe pledging to improve their employees’ health and wellbeing. EMIS Health came third, raising £2000 for Alzheimer’s Society.

Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, Chief Medical Officer at EMIS Group said: “As a company working in healthcare, we wanted to help motivate our staff to increase their physical exercise and improve their health and wellbeing. Because the target was set for us as a company, everyone felt they could get involved regardless of whether they were already active or not.

“Staff launched lunchtime walks to get them away from their desks during the working day, and there was a healthy competitive spirit amongst our more experienced cyclists and runners.”

As part of the challenge, EMIS Health pledged to donate up to £2000 to charity, releasing £250 at each target milestone.

The On Our Way challenge, the CMO Network’s first ever, used technology developed by BUPA. Staff downloaded an app to their smartphones to track their physical activity.

Participants took 430 million steps, the equivalent to 326,000 km (202,000 miles) or eight times around the equator.

Dr Shaun O’Hanlon and Jo Ward from EMIS Health present the cheque to Tracy Brierley from Alzheimer’s Society