Midlands based GP’s and practice staff have been invited to take part in a local parkrun as part of a nationwide initiative on Saturday 1 June. The aim is to get 1,000 doctors to pledge to run 5k and bring their patients, families and friends along.
National GP Pledge Day could be just what the doctor ordered as more than a thousand healthcare professionals are expected to participate in their local parkrun. They will be joined by television personality Dr Zoe Williams to celebrate the first birthday of parkrun practice with support from author and star of BBC One’s Dr in the House, Dr Rangan Chatterjee and chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes.
In June 2018, the RCGP and parkrun UK launched parkrun practice and these two organisations have combined forces once again for National GP Pledge Day. They’re hoping for a large turnout of staff who will walk, jog or run at their chosen parkrun and raise awareness, across the healthcare sector, of these free, weekly events and the benefits they bring to patients and staff. Getting active can reduce the risks of major diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, cancer and hypertension and improve mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.
The Midlands were part of last year’s UK-wide celebrations to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS when 9,000 people took part in their first ever parkrun. The RCGP and parkrun UK are keen to build upon this success and promote ‘wellness’ within local communities.