Million steps taken to win health prize

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Workers taking part in the High Peak Healthy Workplace Challenge have notched up more than a million steps between them in the last three weeks, in their bid to be the area’s healthiest business.

Local employers have spent the last three weeks tracking their daily physical activities at work with special pedometers which have been issued as part of the campaign by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and NHS Derbyshire County, in partnership with the Buxton Advertiser. It aims to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace.

At the end of the six-week campaign, the firm which has racked-up the biggest number of steps will be crowned the winner.

Those taking part in the challenge include teams from Chronicle Accountants, HD Sharman, High Peak Borough Council, Flowflex Components, Macclesfield Mountain Biking and the Palace Hotel. Darren Allgood from Macclesfield Mountain Biking set the pace in week on, whilst the leader in both week two and week three was the Palace Hotel.

Hotel Sales Manager Leanne Fitter said: “We’re really pleased to have topped the leaderboard for the past two weeks.

“We’ve only got a small team entered into the campaign, but they are all working really hard to bump their steps up, which is starting to pay off.”

Jayne Bingham from HD Sharman, which was runner-up in week three, added: “We were going quite well at the start of the campaign, but then disaster struck and our star performer’s pedometer stopped working.

“We’re back to full strength now, though, and are aiming to get to the top of the leaderboard this week.”