Mary Allison: researching the impact of the Step Count Challenge
In this episode of Voices of the Walk, we talk to Mary Allison. Mary is currently half way through a PhD at The University of Edinburgh's Physical Activity for Health Research Centre looking at the impact of Paths for All's workplace Step Count Challenge. We find out about Mary's findings so far and her reflections on walking, the workplace and the importance of accessing greenspace in helping us all cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. The Step Count Challenge has been running since 2011 and aims to get people more active in and around the working day. Mary's research has been looking at how the challenge has helped people to walk more, as well as some of the challenges of trying to fit a bit more physical activity into our daily routines. Mary has spent the past thirty years working in a variety of roles in strategy, policy and research for NHS Scotland, Scottish Government, sportscotland and latterly as the director of Breast Cancer Now, a medical research charity.