STEPPING OUT: Queensland Ambulance Service’s Martin Kelly (back left), Rony Sapir, Kellie McCosker, Angus Nicholson (front left) and Amelia Cooke are happy to be part of the 10,000 Steps QAS Workplace Challenge.
STEPPING OUT: Queensland Ambulance Service’s Martin Kelly (back left), Rony Sapir, Kellie McCosker, Angus Nicholson (front left) and Amelia Cooke are happy to be part of the 10,000 Steps QAS Workplace Challenge. Max Fleet BUNAMB

100 Bundaberg ambos stepping out for better health

A GROUP of Bundaberg workers are 36.2 million steps closer to great health.

About 100 employees from the Queensland Ambulance Service's Wide Bay catchment are among staff from three Bundaberg employers taking part in the 10,000 Steps program.

QAS executive support officer Emma Draper and her colleagues walked 36,282,733 in six weeks.

"We had 100 people - involving 10 teams of 10 people - participating in the challenge," Ms Draper said.

"Some participants experienced weight loss benefits while others in more remote areas enjoyed the increased interaction with their peers as a result of being on a team of 10 that was striving towards a common goal - to be the winning team."

The program promotes exercise by encouraging participants to use a pedometer to measure the number of steps they take each day.

While the CQUniversity program operates all year, the closing date for pedometer grants is June 30. Up to 150 of the step counters are available for each business.

CQU's 10,000 Steps project leader Mitch Duncan said participation could lead to higher productivity and fewer days off.

"More employers are beginning to reap the rewards of having workplace-based health programs," Dr Duncan said.

"Everyone benefits, with less sick days taken and a better sense of wellbeing among workers."



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