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Free health 'MOT' checks & 5 day leisure pass for all Rochdale taxi drivers
- 21 June 2018
Taxi drivers across the borough of Rochdale are being offered health checks together with a free five day pass to all leisure centre facilities operated by charity Link4Life.
Link4Life, through its Workplace Health and Wellbeing Strategy programme, has identified that taxi drivers run a higher risk of health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes, due to the nature of their role and occupational environment.
To tackle this, Link4Life is launching a ‘Health MOT’ campaign on June 25. The programme will initially run four sessions of health checks for private hire taxi drivers in Rochdale and includes checks on body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risks. Each assessment will take around 15-20 minutes per person and is completely confidential. Drivers who attend a ‘health MOT’ will also receive a free five-day pass to access gym, swimming or workout classes at any Link4Life leisure centre facility.
Fiona Brigg, programme manager healthy workplaces, at Link4Life, said: “Our taxi driver ‘health MOT’ campaign has been launched following research which identified taxi drivers as a group with increased health risks in recent years. We have developed a Workplace Health and Wellbeing Strategy which highlights Rochdale’s taxi drivers as a target group for health improvements in the borough.
The aim of the new Health ‘MOT’ and free five-day pass at Link4Life leisure centres is to encourage improvements in taxi driver’s health and wellbeing, to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease and other health conditions. We are targeting taxi hubs and private hire businesses within the borough with this new campaign, who have welcomed this initiative.”
Andrea Fallon, Director of Public Health at Rochdale Council, said: “We know that taxi drivers spend the majority of their work day siting down so it’s important they take chances to exercise. This is a fantastic initiative and I hope that taxi drivers take advantage of this opportunity to assess and improve their health.”
Free ‘Health MOT’ sessions will take place on:
- Monday, June 25, from 10am-4pm, at Castlemere Centre, 60 Tweedale Street, Rochdale OL16 3UB.
- Tuesday, June 26, from 10am-4pm, at Deeplish Community Centre, Hare Street, Rochdale. OL11 1JT
- Wednesday, June 27, from 10am-2pm, at Apna Ghar Centre (KYP) Unique Mill Enterprise Centre, Rochdale OL16 2UP
- Monday, July 2, from 10am-2pm, at Rochdale Leisure Centre, Entwistle Road, Rochdale OL16 2HZ
The taxi driver campaign is only one example of Link4Life’s wide-ranging community-focused activities and services held at their numerous venues across the borough.