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NHS TRUST TAKING PART IN CYCLE TO WORK DAY

cycletoworklogoIsle of Wight NHS Trust is joining organisers of Cycle to Work Day and encouraging their employees to pledge to cycle to work on Thursday 4th September 2014.

Last year’s event saw tens of thousands of cyclists taking part nationally. Over a quarter of a million miles were pledged, nearly 7,000kg of CO2 were offset and over 12 million calories were burnt.

This is the first year that the Island’s NHS has taken part in this activity and it is set to be even bigger and better.  Local NHS staff on the Island will be offered a free breakfast for those that cycle into work on the day. The breakfast will be available from the Full Circle Restaurant at St. Mary’s Hospital on production of ID and confirmation from their manager that they travelled in to work on that day on two wheels.

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Liz Nials, IOW NHS Trust Lead for Equality and Diversity, said:

“We want to recognise the efforts of those staff who make the effort to cycle to work on this day by offering them a free breakfast when they arrive. As a Trust, we support cycling to work throughout the year and offer a Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Scheme which is open to all Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) employees.”

Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast is not just about rewarding those that cycle into work, there is also a benefit to not starting the day on an empty stomach, as British Cycling’s Coaching and Education Manager, Vinny Webb, explains:

“A post-ride bite to eat, such as a bowl of porridge, is an important way to start the day and helps your body to refuel. That re-energised feeling you’ll get from cycling to work will help you to feel set for a day at work, not least because you’ll then be looking forward to a ride home that evening…”

For more information on how to get involved with Cycle to Work Day, please visit www.cycletoworkday.org

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