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Sugar Swap

What’s the Dare?

Sugar hides in unexpected places from pasta sauces to peanut butter as well as in the more obvious temptations like fizzy drinks and biscuits.

Try swapping sugar-packed options for something a bit kinder to your body. Start with drinks and aim to swap at least one drink per day for something sugar free*.

Say, swap a can of coke for a cup of tea. Or a snack bar for some carrot and hummus.

*remember that sugar free is not the same as no added sugar

Why Dare?

Everyone from children to grown-ups is eating too much sugar – on average we all need to halve what we have each day to protect ourselves against future health problems.

Plus sugar production has a real impact on our environment; in the EU alone 3 million tonnes of soil is lost each year through beet farming.

  • Save on sugar and save on  pounds – both money and weight !
  • Diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes cost the NHS millions each year – money which could be saved if more people take actions now to improve their future health.
  • Sugar crops have a big impact on our environment, if we use less we can grow it more sustainably.

And for more information on about how to swap out sugar, and what we mean by sugar free, check this website.

Or there is more info here too…

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Check before you bin it

What’s the Dare?

Instead of just binning rubbish– check in can be recycled. Try and put food/general waste in the compost caddies. Other recycling, plastic, cans etc can go in recycling.

Think cans, bottles, paper and plastic. If there isn’t recycling near your office, save it and pop it in the closest bin later on.

Why Dare?

Recycling gives stuff a new lease of life. Did you know that you can recycle glass over and over again for ever ? The more we recycle the better it is for our planet and for us too.

  • Around 95% less energy is used to make products from recycled materials than using raw materials;
  • Recycling one drink can could save enough energy to power a TV for four hours.*
  • It costs a lot more to get rid of landfill rubbish than it does recycling – that is money that can be better used elsewhere.

*Stats taken from http://www.recyclenow.com/

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Keep waste confidential

What’s the Dare?

Confidential waste is important, we have to protect our data. But it’s important we keep general paper waste out of confidential waste bins too.

Make sure that any paper going into confidential really needs to be there – if not pop it in the recycling bin instead.

Why Dare?

Secure disposal of confidential waste is vital in an organisation like ours, but we need to be sensible with it. Keeping confidential waste strictly confidential will:

  • Ensure the bins don’t fill up too soon so you can always pop things in when you need to.
  • Save £££s for the Trust – a bag of recycling costs just 30p compared to a console costing £7.50.
  • Double checking that confidential waste is going into the right bin will reduce those stress moments when you worry you’ve put a confidential file in the wrong place.

For more information on how to safely dispose of confidential waste check your organisational policy.

SCFT waste link

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Say hello

What’s the Dare?

Every day we pass many faces without really noticing.

Take the time to look up, notice faces around you and say hello to the people you pass in the corridor, or share a smile.

Extend team introductions beyond the meeting room and get to know colleagues around you.

Or go one step further and offer a compliment a day – it could be as simple as ‘I like the way you did that’ about a colleague’s work.

Why dare?

A friendly vibe at work can make all the difference to your working day and it is so easy to create. Amid the hustle and bustle if we all just take the time to show each other a kind word, or a smile it can make the hardest of days that bit easier.

  • Loneliness can actually damage your health, lowering your immune system, so a quick hello to a face you see each day in the corridor or in the staff kitchen can help reduce feelings of loneliness and improve health.
  • When we smile we release endorphins, which make us feel happier and  reduce cortisol, which in turn reduces stress.
  • Smiles are natural pain killers, it is one of the reasons we smile or laugh if we bump ourselves, smiling more in the day might just help you feel a bit better.
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Make a meeting virtual

What’s the Dare?

Meetings are sometimes unavoidable, we need to talk and share ideas, issues and solutions. But they don’t always need to happen in one place.

Make at least one meeting per month virtual. Use teleconferencing or video conferencing facilities rather than travelling to gather in once place.

Why dare?

As a community based trust travel is essential, but we can try to keep travel to a minimum (and travel smarter for any essential journeys). Technology makes it much easier too. By going virtual just once a month we can:

  • Cut down on travel time and reduce the stress of trying to fit too much into the day.
  • Reduce our carbon footprint and help reduce air pollution for a cleaner place to live and work.
  • Save money on fuel that could be put to use elsewhere for our patients.

Leeds CCG introduced virtual meetings and in a year saved over £3,000 and 54 working days! What could your team achieve?

Contact the IT team to find out what is available for you.

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Car Share

What’s the Dare?

If you have to travel to a meeting or an event, travel as a team, or with other colleagues in one car.

It’s that easy. One journey, one vehicle, many people.

Why dare?

The more people who travel together the fewer cars  on the road.

  • Use the time travelling together to get to know colleagues better and boost team relations
  • Save fuel, money and cut carbon
  • Less worry about finding parking spaces
  • Swap tips on eco-driving while you’re travelling.

Find more information on car sharing here.

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Meat Free Monday

What's the Dare?

Cut out meat from your diet every Monday – easy. Ditch the meat and fish for cleaner greener vegetables, pulses and beans.

Why Dare?

Too much meat isn’t good for us or the planet. By cutting down the amount of meat we eat and replacing with other proteins we can:

  • improve our own health
  • save money
  • reduce our impact on the environment

See more tips and advice on healthy living or visit the Meat Free Monday website.

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Take a walk

What's the dare?

Take an extra 15-minute walk, at least once a week.

Whatever it takes to get you away from your desk or workplace for a little while – plan it into your lunchtime routine, agree to walk with colleagues, take a walking meeting.

Why dare?

Many of us sit for long periods in our work. Taking a brief walk is proven to be good for us. It

  • enables us to think more clearly
  • give us some gentle exercise
  • means a change of scene and the chance to see what’s happening around us.

See more tips and advice on healthy living.

What's the Dare?

Take an extra 15-minute walk, at least once a week.

Whether it is getting off a stop earlier on the bus to work or home, or popping out to the shops, build walking into your weekly routine.

Why Dare?

Many of us sit for long periods during the day.

Taking a brief walk is proven to be good for us. It

  • enables us to think more clearly
  • give us some gentle exercise
  • means a change of scene and the chance to see what’s happening around us.

See more tips and advice on healthy living.

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Switch it off

What's the dare?

Turn off the lights every time you’re the last to leave a room, and your computer, monitor and electrical equipment such as printers at the end of the day.

Hibernate your computer and turn off your monitor when you go to a meeting. Look out for other things that are on when they shouldn’t be.

Why dare?

Turning off unnecessary electrics will:

  • Lower our energy costs
  • Reduce our environmental impact
  • Create a more peaceful environment for you and your patients

More tips and ideas for how to save energy.

What's the Dare?

Turn off the lights every time you’re the last to leave a room, and and any electrical equipment such as laptops, microwaves etc when not in use.

Look out for other things that are on when they shouldn’t be – especially things like mobile phone chargers.

Why Dare?

Turning off unnecessary electrics will:

  • Lower your energy costs
  • Reduce your environmental impact
  • Create a more peaceful environment in your home

More tips and ideas for how to save energy.

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Drive down fuel costs

What's the dare?

Driving differently is proven to save up to 15% on fuel costs.

When you drive, follow a few simple steps to reduce the amount of fuel you use:

  • accelerate and brake gently (when safe to do so!)
  • remove any excess weight from your vehicle (items in the boot you don’t need, roof rack in the winter)
  • ensure your tyres are the right pressure

 

Why dare?

Fuel costs us, and the less we use the better for our pockets, the NHS and the environment.

For more information, ideas and advice on travel, see our smarter travel page.

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Dare to Connect as a volunteer

What's the dare?

Making new connections in the community can be really rewarding.

Take part in SCFT’s ‘Community Connect’ programme and volunteer your time and talents to really make a difference – for both you and those you’ll meet.

Why dare?

If we give a bit of time and share a bit of who we are, we help others but we also help ourselves.

Community Connect is a great way for you to:

  • Boost your confidence and meet new people
  • Feel good about doing good – did you know that helping others is proven to lift your mood? Read about it here. It can also help improve your health, from sleeping better to getting out and about more.
  • Learn new stuff – it could be useful for you at home, or even help in getting or changing a career. Reed recruitment share the value of volunteering here.

You can learn more about SCFT’s ‘Community Connect’ programme here.

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Use every drop

What's the dare?

Drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Fill up a bottle to take to your desk. And while you’re there, if you see a tap dripping give it a tweak to turn it off – or report it to your local maintenance team if that doesn’t work.

Why dare?

Water is the stuff of life, and we need to cherish every drop as changing weather patterns reduce our supplies. Being water-wise will:

  • Keep us hydrated and healthy
  • Reduce our water wastage and save money
  • Preserve supplies in times of drought

For more information on saving water at work and at home, check out our tips and advice page. Or for advice on keeping hydrated, see NHS UK.

What's the Dare?

Drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Fill up a bottle to take out and about whether at work or home. And while you’re there, if you see a tap dripping give it a tweak to turn it off.

Why Dare?

Water is the stuff of life, and we need to cherish every drop as changing weather patterns reduce our supplies. Being water-wise will:

  • Keep us hydrated and healthy
  • Reduce our water wastage and save money
  • Preserve supplies in times of drought

For more information on saving water at work and at home, check out our tips and advice page. Or for advice on keeping hydrated, see NHS UK.

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Get on a bike

What’s the Dare?

Cycling is a great way to get from A to B. And costs are minimal once you’ve got  a bike.*

Swap one car or public transport journey each week for pedal power and you’ll soon reap the rewards.

Why not build it into your commute to work to sneak a bit of extra exercise into your routine?

*If you don’t have a bike yet why  not see if your work offers the bike to work scheme for discounts on bikes and accessories?

Why dare?

We all need to move around more, to boost both our mind and body. Travelling by bike you will:

  • Save money on fuel or train/bus fares
  • Get fitter while going from A to B – and exercise is a known stress buster too
  • Reduce your carbon emissions in your local area
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Step Up

What's the dare?

Take the stairs when the lift is the tempting alternative – do as many floors as you can manage. Why not take a team challenge and see if you can climb higher than Everest?

Why dare?

If you can take the stairs over the lift you’ll get fitter while doing the planet a favour too.

  • You’ll boost your heart rate – improving cardio-health
  • Avoiding the lift saves energy and helps reduce our carbon emissions
  • It’s a great way to fit a bit of exercise into your day without even trying!

For more information on healthy living and saving energy, check out our tips and advice pages.

What's the Dare?

Take the stairs when the lift is the tempting alternative – do as many floors as you can manage. Why not challenge yourself and see if you can climb higher than Everest?

Why Dare?

If you can take the stairs over the lift you’ll get fitter while doing the planet a favour too.

  • You’ll boost your heart rate – improving cardio-health
  • Avoiding the lift saves energy and helps reduce our carbon emissions
  • It’s a great way to fit a bit of exercise into your day without even trying!

For more information on healthy living and saving energy, check out our tips and advice pages.

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Sort It

What's the dare?

Recycle. From paper to plastic we have bins for your recyclable waste – pop it in the right bin each time, every time.

Segregate your recyclables from healthcare waste too. Packaging and paper towels can be recycled if they’re not contaminated, so sort it.

Why dare?

What we throw out costs – it costs the NHS £££’s and it costs the planet. If we all recycle what we can, then:

  • Paper, plastic, tin foil and more besides will get a chance to be useful all over again
  • We’ll reduce the impact of our waste on the environment
  • We’ll cut costs – sending waste to be recycled is much cheaper than any other waste stream.

BUT REMEMBER – not all waste can be recycled! Be careful to dispose of healthcare waste and confidential waste correctly. Make sure you’re familiar with the Trust’s Waste Management Policy AND up to date with your waste training. Find full details on The Pulse.

For more ideas, check out the tips and advice pages – waste not, want not.

 

What's the Dare?

Recycle. From paper to plastic there are bins for your recyclable waste – pop it in the right bin each time, every time.

Can you compost instead of putting things in landfill too?

Why Dare?

What we throw out costs – it costs the NHS and the council £££’s and it costs the planet. If we all recycle what we can, then:

  • Paper, plastic, tin foil and more besides will get a chance to be useful all over again
  • We’ll reduce the impact of our waste on the environment
  • We’ll cut costs – sending waste to be recycled is much cheaper than any other waste stream.
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One less car journey

What's the Dare?

Take one less car journey a week.

Why Dare?

Some of us need to use cars. But finding alternative ways to get around, even just some of the time, we can:

  • reduce pressure on roads, car parks – and the environment
  • be more active (walking or cycling)
  • get a bit of time back for ourselves (reading on the train or the bus)

Did you know Sussex Community NHS Trust has a Travel Bureau that can help you make good choices about travel?

See the smarter travel tips and advice page for more information.

What's the Dare?

Make one less car journey a week.

Why Dare?

Some of us need to use cars. But finding alternative ways to get around, even just some of the time, we can:

  • reduce pressure on roads, car parks – and the environment
  • be more active (walking or cycling)
  • get a bit of time back for ourselves (reading on the train or the bus)
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