HSW 97: Becoming a Healthy Shift Worker with Roger Sutherland.

A healthy shift worker – myth or a reality?

In today’s episode, we discuss this exact topic with Roger Sutherland who has been a police officer for over 35 years, and is part of an emergency services family with a son, daughter and partner who also work 24/7.

Some of the things that we discuss include:

  1. Roger’s heart-warming story of how he wanted to become a police officer since he was 2-years old.
  2. Some of the health struggles he faced later in his career including being crippled in pain from Sacroiliitis, and what he did to overcome it.
  3. How years of poor dietary choices, sedentary behaviour and undervaluing his sleep would have been a contributing factor in the development of his poor health and chronic pain.
  4. What made the most significant change in his health when he began to prioritise it?
  5. What is LISS training, and how it has helped him to incorporate exercise and movement into his lifestyle, without adding additional stress to his body – especially when on the night shift.
  6. How a shift in mindset played a pivotal role in helping him to transition from being an unhealthy shift worker, to one that is now healthy.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Roger’s Instagram Account – https://www.instagram.com/roger_suth/
Roger’s A Healthy Shift Instagram Account – https://www.instagram.com/a_healthy_shift/
The Oura Ring – https://ouraring.com/

HSW 22: Respecting our Emergency Services Staff with Maddie Birt.


Healthy Shift Worker Podcast Episode 22:

Every now and then I get blown away by some the achievements of my guests who I interview on this podcast. None more so than this young lady, school girl Maddy Birt, who has launched a social media campaign called Hug the Helpers to help raise awareness for the plight of some of our emergency services staff who are often abused and assaulted by the very people they are trying to help.

It all started with an idea for a school project. Something that would make a difference to peoples lives. Never did she imagine that her idea would capture the hearts of so many people both here in Australia, and all over the world. Way to go Madddy!

To help Maddy spread her Hug the Helpers campaign and create this much needed awareness, just visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/hugthehelpers.