Making it Happen

For those of you interested in CMDHB’s 1000kg weight loss challenge or having ‘Coffee with the CEO’, I’ve got two important updates to share today.

Firstly since I last blogged with you, I’ve met with our dietitians to discuss our 1000kg weight loss challenge. They were extremely supportive and keen to help staff who want to join in on their weight loss journeys.

We’ve decided to run the campaign between April 1 and August this year, ahead of the big presentation to our guests at APAC in Ko Awatea this September. Between now and April, the dietitians are firming up a few details such as how interested staff can join in, how those taking part can record their weight loss in a central database (so we know what progress we’re all making together) and how we can make support available to participants. I want to ensure we have the necessary advice and support available so that staff are losing weight safely and effectively. Our dietitians have recently made a ‘Tackling Obesity’ resource available on SouthNET’s eCampus – you may have seen the posters about this up around Middlemore. If you’re interested, check it out – it really is helping prepare many of us for this challenge ahead.

The dietitians have advised that a safe weight loss goal for each individual would be no more than 20kg or 1kg for each of the campaign’s 20 weeks. Beyond that recommendation, I want to keep this very informal – no mass weigh-ins or public humiliation. Rather, we’ll be asking people to decide themselves how much they want to lose and record their weight loss each week in a central place, all of which can and will be anonymous.

I, on the other hand, am going to give a commitment to share my weight loss on a weekly basis in my blog. I’ll also try to regularly update you, where possible, on CMDHB’s progress towards our 1000kg goal so be sure to keep checking the blog from April onwards.

I’m currently referring to this as the 1000kg weight loss challenge but I’m sure between us we can come up with a better name. Does anybody have a snappy title they can suggest? Thinking big to be smaller? All suggestions gratefully received at

Finally, I mentioned earlier that I’ll be holding a regular ‘Coffee with the CEO’ hour in Ko Awatea as a way to connect with staff across the organisation and have a good catch up over some morning tea. The first coffee hour is now booked in for 10AM on Friday, March 30 – I’ll be putting on some healthy morning tea and also using this time to launch our 1000kg weight loss campaign (which will kick off on April 1). So whether you want to be part of helping us lose 1000kg or simply have a chat, note that date down and please pop in. I’ll be sending an invite out to all staff closer to the time so we know how many to cater for, and there will also be plenty of reminders in Daily Dose. I look forward to meeting many of you there.



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

2 thoughts on “Making it Happen”

  1. Thanks Suz

    A great idea. I will ask Greg Simpson General Manager Facilities for some options. Definitely be a good idea to measure how long the Hospital corridor is.


  2. Hello – I wonder if we can create a type of fitness trail around the hospital (inside and outside – using stairs etc?) to help with weightloss. Something reasonably simple that people or small groups could do in their lunch hour or before or after work.

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