Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Reina Sofia Hospital organizes activities to improve the health of its professionals

Last week the Reina Sofia Hospital (HRS) launched a new experience of taking active breaks within the working day of its professionals, in a teaching innovation project in collaboration with the Integrated Polytechnic Center and the Technological-Industrial School of Tudela (CIP-ETI) was prepared. ), called ‘imofit’. The project involves the introduction of guided physical activity by students of the higher degree training cycle of the Higher Technician in Physical Conditioning during 25-minute breaks in the employees’ working day. The initiative is included in the Safe and Healthy Company cycle, defined by the Tudela Health Area to improve the working environment with occupational wellness programs.

Active breaks are understood as brief moments during the working day in which physical activity is performed with the aim of achieving physical and intellectual reactivation and reducing the time spent on sedentary activities. Benefits that these breaks can provide include stress reduction, improved circulation or improved ability to concentrate, among others. Similarly, according to scientific evidence, exercise lasting one minute or more in “short and intense doses” reduces mortality from any cause.

The program has recorded optimal acceptance by hospital staff, especially by outpatient nursing staff and administrative staff, who perform more sedentary work activity.

Commitment to a safe and healthy company culture

The Healthy Break program is designed so that it can take place one day per week (Thursday or Friday) for a total of nine weeks. The professionals who have followed it will be guided by the students of CIP-ETI of Tudela, supervised by their teachers, during 25-minute work breaks, in two different shifts.

The project comprises three different profiles of activities. First, activities aimed at postural control, breathing, and relaxation. Secondly, activities related to strength work, with exercises that can be transferred to your workplace. and third, musically supported activities that work on rhythm, space-time perception and tempo with a short choreography.

This collaboration between public centers, dependent on the Departments of Health and Education, allows the development and implementation of the ‘EMOFIT’ innovation project by the students of the first and second year of the Higher Level Training Cycle for the Higher Technician in Physical Conditioning of the CIP. ETI in the hospital environment makes it possible to put into practice the knowledge acquired in the classroom.

At the same time, the program includes an assessment of feelings and pain or discomfort before and after sessions by means of specific questionnaires for each session. The results of these evaluations will help analyze the changes that are produced in active pause professionals, through physical activity that promotes not only physical health, but emotional health as well.

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