CONSULTANTS and surgeons from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust came out to support Tour de Yorkshire cyclists as they whizzed past The James Cook University Hospital on Marton Road.
Consultant vascular surgeon Barnabas Rigden Green represented the Circulation Foundation at the event whilst wearing his James Cook University Hospital Department of Vascular and Endovascular surgery hat. He joined forces with the trust’s Specialist Weight Management Service, and colleagues from South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to serve up tasty and heart healthy Mediterranean treats to the crowds who came out to cheer on the cyclists.
Also braving the unusually cold Mayday was Joanna Feeney, stop smoking service lead from Middlesbrough Redcar and Cleveland Stop Smoking Service, with help and advice on how to quit the habit and get fitter.
Mr Rigden Green said: “It was a great day despite the weather and good to witness the spectacle of all the cyclists and their crews whizzing up Marton Road.
“We were out encouraging people to have their BMI - or height and weight - checked and offering advice on our cardiovascular services, raising awareness of vascular disease, a common, but little known sign of which can be pain in the legs when exercising, and the invaluable work of the Circulation Foundation.
“We were also proud to introduce colleagues to our own staff fitness programme Blood, Sweat and Tees, which we hope will encourage South Tees employees who might have been inspired by Tour de Yorkshire to get into cycling – as well as running and swimming as part of a healthier living lifestyle."
Despite the rain and cold plenty of spectators came out to enjoy the spectacle and hear the message for healthy living.