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Olympic legend Daley Thompson leads staff workout

19 June 2012

Olympic legend and two-time Gold Medallist Daley Thompson put more than 100 Chelsea and Westminster Hospital staff through their paces during a lunchtime exercise class today.

346-daley-thompson.jpgOlympic legend and two-time Gold Medallist Daley Thompson put more than 100 Chelsea and Westminster staff through their paces during a lunchtime exercise class in the hospital today.

He visited the hospital as part of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's national 'Workout at Work Day', which aims to encourage staff to be more active and have healthier working habits.

Daley Thompson said: "Rising obesity is a major problem in this country and participating in regular exercise is a key way to combat this.

"Happy, healthy NHS staff provide the best care for patients and exercise can help them achieve this, so it is great to be part of this event."

The class also formed part of Chelsea and Westminster's Olympic legacy programme, which aims to encourage staff to incorporate exercise into their day and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come with regular exercise.

Almost 100 staff are currently participating in the Fitbug 'London to Rio Challenge' by wearing a pedometer and competing to be the first team to complete 8,000 miles in steps.