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Staying active helps with health is the message behind a new program involving renal dialysis patients and a bunch of new pedometers at Logan Hospital.
Clinical Facilitator Brendan Zornig said patients had leapt at the chance to be part of the 10,000 Steps program, a free nationwide program designed to get people moving.
He said a Planetree microgrant had enabled the unit to purchase pedometers which allowed patients to keep track of their steps.
“We know that physical activity helps improve health outcomes and reduce cardio vascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
“We already have 17 patients taking part in the challenge but we are still recruiting and we have found everyone involved so far is so enthusiastic and setting their own goals which is great.
“We have also discovered our patients love a little bit of competition.”
Renal Dialysis patient Frank Trad said he visited the hospital three times a week for treatment and was excited to be a part of the program.
“I fell over two or three months ago and I started doing small steps and am doing a lot more walking now,” he said.
“Walking is my independence and having a pedometer means I can see exactly what I’m doing.”
Brendan said the unit had already completed a trial, resulting in all participants losing weight, as well as improvements in blood pressure and diabetes control.
“Now, with the pedometers, the team is getting ready to start a winter challenge.”
Logan Hospital currently serves more than 80 Haemodialysis patients, 60 Peritoneal Dialysis patients and 1500 Chronic Kidney Disease patients.