Champions For Health
Champions for Health was developed by Public Health Wales and researchers at Swansea University Medical School (SUMS). It is an online health and wellbeing programme designed to support staff to make those tricky lifestyle behaviour changes that improve physical health and emotional wellbeing.
There are three specific elements to the programme:
- An online system which allows users to choose a health challenge to take part in
- A personal dashboard to track and view personal progress over the 12 week challenge period
- A personal communication schedule through which users receive the ‘weekly wellbeing bite’, a series of weekly emails designed to support them in their chosen health challenge
Champions was first launched in 2012, all across Wales and again in 2014 across Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Velindre NHS Trust. Since then it has been launched in Swansea Bay University Health Board in 2019 with the addition of a new wellbeing resource, designed in collaboration with SBUHB staff.
In 2020 the wellbeing resource ‘ACTivate your wellbeing’ was updated (based on staff feedback) and made available to support staff in their 12 week health challenge.
The programme also links with existing local and national initiatives by directing users to available resources, contacts, and interventions.