NHS Tayside staff are being encouraged to celebrate Clean Air Day on Thursday, 21 June.
The day aims to help people find out more about the issues surrounding air pollution and how they can make a difference to create cleaner air.
This Clean Air Day, NHS Tayside is encouraging staff in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross, to travel as actively as possible or use public transport. We would love to see how you are getting involved in Clean Air Day so please share photos of your journeys by emailing them as a jpeg attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Free fruit, compliments of Tactran and supported by Stirfresh, will also be on offer to NHS Tayside staff who cycle, walk, jog for part or all of their journey to work this Thursday.
Staff who have travelled actively on Clean Air Day can help themselves to the fruit in NHS Tayside locations while stocks last.
If you have cycled, jogged or walked to work, please visit the following locations to pick up your free piece of fruit:
On Clean Air Day, staff can also enjoy a walk in and around the fantastic grounds of NHS Tayside. For ideas on routes please click here, download the Ramblers Medal Routes App, or join a lunchtime ‘Big Fit Walk’ over the summer (including one leaving from Kings Cross on Clean Air Day). More information on the Big Fit Walk can be found here.
Staff from NHS Tayside will also be joining Dundee City Council colleagues at a Clean Air Day information stand near the city churches in the Nethergate area of Dundee. Staff will be on hand to talk about air pollution and health, and more importantly how to reduce air pollution and the health benefits this can bring.
Dr Bike will also be there to provide free bike maintenance, as well as electric bike demonstrations.
People can make small changes to help reduce air pollution and create cleaner and more liveable cities, such as using public transport or cycling and walking instead of taking a car. Choosing to travel by bike or by foot can also provide health benefits for people.
Top tips on how staff can support greener travel during their journey to work:
- Walk, run or cycle for part or all of your journey
- Use public transport wherever possible
- Sign up to Liftshare to share your car journey to work
Liftshare aims to promote the benefits to commuters of sharing their drive to work, which can save time, money and help the environment. For more information on liftsharing visit the transport page on Staffnet.
NHS Tayside is also offering personalised Travel Plans (myPTPs), an online tool which offers you detailed journey information for your commute to a number of NHS Tayside sites. It includes all modes of transport including walking, cycling, public transport, lift sharing and single occupancy car journeys. Liftshare matches will be provided where applicable or you can sign up to increase your chance of finding a future match.
The plan will include an interactive detailed map and can be emailed directly to you for reference. This is funded by Regional Transport Partnership, Tactran. Create your own myPTP HERE