Communications boss has special health message

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Keen cyclist Phil Woodford, from Garstang, is urging other members of staff at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to have fun and keep fit as part of the Lancashire Cycle Challenge.

The Associate Director of Strategic Communications for the Trust was one of the first to sign up for this year’s challenge after he took up cycling seriously about five years ago .

As part of a fitness drive to try to keep up with his young daughters, Phil will be cycling in to work to boost the tally.

He said: “I find it a great way to unwind and relax and it isn’t too demanding on my joints. I suffer from a long-term health condition and I also wanted to take some personal responsibility for it – I can’t believe how my fitness levels have improved, I can now see my toes.”

Exercise can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity and muscular skeletal conditions.

The Trust is a keen supporter of the Government’s Cycle To Work scheme, with staff able to buy a bike tax-free. There are also bike lockers on its sites, with lockers at Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The challenge runs from June 16 until July 6.

Meanwhile Patient Services Manager Rysz Detko has teamed up with the Lancashire Cycle Challenge organisers to put on a free Dr Bike session. Between 12pm until 2pm on June 25 staff from the Trust can get their bikes safety checked, security marked by the police and sample a pedal-powered fruit smoothie outside the entrance to the Women’s Unit, Centenary Building, Royal Lancaster Infirmary.