Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Slí na Slaínte launch May 2007 St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin
Promoting Physical Activity Hospital Challenge Day 2007 Launch of new Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte route around the perimeter of the hospital.
How did we do it? • Step 1: Contacted the Irish Heart Foundation. We were issued a Slí na Sláinte information pack. Slí na Sláinte Office Irish Heart Foundation 4 Clyde Road Ballsbridge Dublin 4 Tel: 01 6685001 Fax: 01 6685896 E: email@example.com
How did we do it? • Step 2: • Idea was brought to SVUH multidisciplinary Health Promotion Committee for discussion and support. • Got “buy in” from senior hospital management and a written agreement that they will fund the installation of the route.
How did we do it? • Step 3: • Got a scale map of our route • Decided on our route • Assessed the distance • Chose the signs needed. • Filled out route development form and returned with the above items. We were supported by the IHF Slí na Sláinte facilitator throughout.
How did we do it? • Step 4: • Visit by National Co-ordinator to advise on: • Slí route • Local areas for our ‘time to walk’ routes • Approximate costing • Ordering signage
Week prior to launch • Promotion of the “Launch”: • Stand in the main hospital • All users email • “Healthwise” newsletter • Heads of Department meeting and Staff Briefing
Week prior to launch • Departments in the hospital were asked to nominate a representative to co-ordinate the event at department level. 23 representatives participated. • The role of the representative was to promote Hospital Challenge Day in their department and to get as many staff as possible to sign a pledge to take 15 minutes physical activity on the day.
Step 5: The Launch On HPH Hospital Challenge Day, Mr. Eamon Coughlan (4 time Olympian runner) launched the route, along with a representative from hospital management and the Irish Heart Foundation.
Other events on the day • DART Challenge: Between 7 and 9am commuters were asked to self complete a questionnaire on time taken to reach the hospital foyer from the local DART Station. • Guided lunchtime walks around Slí. • Free smoothies for all walkers and half-price for all others. • Initiated a ‘No Chip Day’.
Outcome • 726 people signed the pledge to do 15 minutes of physical activity on the day. • 50 people officially completed the guided walks of the Slí route. • 71 people got involved in the DART Challenge. • Walks were also organised around the Slí for World Heart Day September 2007.