Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Office Staff Are Latest Recruits; Get A Better Life

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Office Staff Are Latest Recruits; Get A Better Life

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WORKERS at Wilton are the some of the latest to sign up to the Get A Better Life campaign.

Staff from engineering recruitment firm Techconsult have backed the healthy living challenge - with the whole office now trying to eat well and do more exercise.

Ian Marshall, senior recruitment consultant, and office administrator Sarah Myles were quick to get on board.

Both were looking to lose weight, improve their fitness and eat more healthily.

So they now take daily walks and have ditched calorie-laden lunches for healthier alternatives.

"We thought by both signing up we could motivate and encourage each other," said Ian.

"We're both feeling better and have already lost weight."

But it's not just Ian and Sarah that have grasped the challenge.

The whole office is eating better thanks to the setting up of a fruit club.

Instead of biscuits to go with a morning cuppa, staff put pounds 1 a week into a fund which pays for a big bowl of fruit that everyone can dip in to when they feel like a snack.

Boss Steve Guest, who is UK managing director for Techconsult, pulls on his trainers every lunchtime and heads out for a run.

"I picked up the running bug a while ago," he said, "and now I'm out nearly every lunchtime. There's a actually a few of us here at the Wilton Centre who go running."

He added: "I'll often pass Sarah and Ian, who are out walking, while I'm out on my run.

"It's really important for people to get out at lunch time and get some fresh air and exercise. It sets them up for a much more productive afternoon.

"I encourage staff to take regular breaks.

"Because the Wilton Centre is such a big building, just taking a walk around the corridors or going up and down some stairs is a good way to get some exercise."

Norwegian firm Techconsult set up its UK office at Wilton in 2006 and now has a team of five staff.

It specialises in providing staff for sectors including offshore, fabrication and maintenance, process, shipbuilding, and civil engineering industries.

Working with clients across the UK, the firm predicts increasing demand for staff on the back of major investment projects on Teesside - such as PD Ports' deep sea container terminal and new plant developments at Wilton.

But back on the fitness trail, Steve is getting ready to take part in the Great North Run on October 5. And yesterday he completed the Redcar Half Marathon.

"Both events I am running in aid of Cancer Research UK, which I feel is an extremely worthy cause," said Steve. "I have lost two close relatives with cancer and hope to raise over pounds 1,000 sponsorship by running these events."

To sponsor Steve on his next race log on to www.runningsponsorme.org/steveguest

WITH days spent at a desk, Get A Better Life has promoted Ian Marshall to get up and moving to improve his fitness. …

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