One step at a time in a bid to keep fit and healthy

Step to it: Eagles players tackle the staircase challenge at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, encouraging workers to be fit.
Step to it: Eagles players tackle the staircase challenge at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, encouraging workers to be fit.
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SPORTING stars from Sheffield took the stairs in a stamina challenge urging hospital workers to ditch the lift.

Players from the Sheffield Eagles rugby team and the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team visited the Royal Hallamshire Hospital as part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Health and Wellbeing Festival.

Teams of eight climbed 286 steps, across 13 flights covering a distance of 50m in the Tower Challenge - organised to promote the idea of using the stairs rather than the lift.

The festival is running every Tuesday for the next four weeks and has already included a hiking challenge organised by two senior members of trust staff to launch the initiative.

Medical director Mike Richmond and consultant rheumatologist Simon Till walked for 16 hours, covering 49 miles around the perimeter of Sheffield.

Staff from the trust joined them on various stretches of the walk and celebrated with them at the end at the Cricket Inn pub in Totley. And a series of exercise classes - including Zumba and legs, bums and tums - also took place at the Northern General Hospital.

The fun continues on Friday with a fun run around the site at 4pm.

A variety of stalls - covering everything from gym membership to sexual health and healthy eating - have also been set up in the Northern General’s Clocktower reception and the Huntsman dining room, as well as in the Hallamshire’s D floor dining room, the Charles Clifford coffee lounge and Weston Park’s coffee lounge.