Paralympian passes on advice to EDF workers in Sunderland

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A GOLDEN Paralympian passed on inspiring advice to workers at a city energy firm.

Paralympic gold medallist Liz Johnson was at EDF Energy, in Doxford Park, to speak about overcoming adversity, as well as sport, wellbeing and fitness.

Swimming champion Liz, who has cerebral palsy, has won medals for Team GB in the past two Paralympic Games, in the 100m breast stroke, claiming a silver and gold.

Her visit marked the introduction of new healthy workplace initiatives being introduced by EDF Energy for the benefit of its Wearside workforce.

Liz, who is from South Wales, said: “Health, wellbeing and fitness all come hand in hand, and are very important to everyone, not just professional athletes.

“If my motivational talk can help people make even the smallest healthy choices, which could include anything from walking the stairs instead of taking the lift, or choosing the healthier option for lunch, then I have made a difference.

“Small everyday changes make noticeable impact over time.”

Earlier this year, staff at Doxford were presented with the NHS Gold award, following a three-year health strategy and action plan by EDF to improve their health.

Rachel Brooks, who heads EDF’s health and wellbeing programme, said: “It is great to have someone who has achieved as much as Liz to come to talk to staff about the importance of health, wellbeing and fitness.”