Royal Society for Public Heath Award Win
This month we hear from our Group Health and Wellbeing Manager, Susan Rossetto on DC Leisure’s Royal Society for Public Health 2013 Health and Wellbeing Award win…
We were extremely pleased to receive the national Royal Society for Public Health 2013 Health and Wellbeing Award last month. To be presented with the three year title affirms DC Leisure’s best practice approach to empowering local communities with inspirational health and wellbeing ‘hubs’. Our award win is testament to our team’s dedication and hard work to support our local authority partners within the new public health landscape.
Our leadership and continued commitment to the Swim4Health programme has been recognised by this award win. Swim4Health is a six week journey that aims to increase participation in aquatic activity. Partnering with 222 Sports Limited, and using the SWIMTAG device we are able to scientifically monitor participant progress in the pool. For the swimmer, it provides an insight into the number of lengths completed, time spent in the pool , stroke rate and stroke type allowing users to set personal goals and follow exclusive training plans. They can also engage with other swimmers through motivating challenges, competitions and via social networking.
In addition, the data provided by SWIMTAG can provide local GPs and other health professionals such as Practice nurses, physiotherapists and osteopaths with an overview of their patients’ activity in the pool, supporting tailored exercise prescription. This year over 3,000 participants have completed the Swim4Health journey.
For the industry as a whole our award win provides a beacon of best practice. For our leisure centres the win helps inspire and motivate our delivery teams to drive participation in Swim4Health and get more people, more active, more often.
The aim of the Awards is to recognise achievement in the development and implementation of health promotion and community wellbeing strategies and initiatives. Regardless of their setting, nature or size, the award winners demonstrated a clear evidence of good practice in the commissioning, development and/or implementation of health improvement projects for the communities they serve.