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Healthy Hospital Day at the JR

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On Wednesday 3 July, 2013, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust promoted a 'Healthy Hospital' day at the John Radcliffe Hospital site to all its visitors, patients and staff.

The event saw wards, departments and external exhibitors hand out information, support and advice on all things health, with the hope of promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle both at home and in the work place.

The Level 2 corridor of the main hospital hosted a range of stalls including a healthy cooking demonstration from nutritionist and chef, Christine Bailey, where Christine gave out free samples.

Additionally staff from Ward 7B promoted their healthy ward stall. They have been working in collaboration with Waitrose to promote the benefits of eating fresh fruit to anyone visiting the stall.

The Trust's newly appointed Health and Wellbeing Promotion Specialist, Anna Hinton, worked closely with a group of four doctors from the Trust to organise the first 'healthy hospital' day.

The group of doctors, including sixth year medical student William Do, have joined together to form Health 4 Healthcare, which drives forward their passion to make hospitals healthier and have established a wide network of healthcare professionals to promote healthy projects across the hospital. William said: "We believe that a hospital has a duty to actively promote health and wellbeing for its patients and staff and we hope this event raises awareness of all the positive steps the Trust is making to promote a healthier way of life."

Continuing upstairs in the hospital's 'OnThree' restaurant, displays from local leisure centres and Go Active Outdoors were giving out lots of ideas on how to take the first steps to increase physical activity.

In June the Trust's new Occupational Health and Wellbeing Centre was opened by Sir Roger Bannister on the John Radcliffe Hospital site. This came in part response to the Boorman Review of 2009 which identified a clear link between improving wellbeing for NHS staff and better patient care. The report recommended that healthcare organisations such as hospital trusts should implement clear strategies for improving staff health and wellbeing.