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Health Trainers lead 7,000 Wigan people into a healthier lifestyle
Tuesday 4th October, 2011

More than 7,000 local people have benefitted from a Health Trainer service run by Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust since it launched in 2008.

The service sees a team of Health Trainers working across the borough in places such as community centres, GP surgeries, libraries, fire stations and children’s centres. The Health Trainers are local people who are there to motivate and set goals by developing personal health plans and giving practical support. They help people to make changes such as stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, getting active or eating healthier.

Andrea Sizer, Health Improvement Service Coordinator at Ashton Leigh and Wigan Division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust said:

“I am delighted that since the launch of Health Trainers in Wigan we have managed to help over 7,000 people make a positive change to their lifestyle. Small changes can make a big difference and our health trainers support people in the community to make realistic and achievable steps towards becoming fitter and healthier. I would encourage anyone in the borough who thinks they would benefit from a Health Trainer to contact us now.”
The service is totally confidential and quick and easy to access and most appointments are made within two weeks of initial contact. During the first meeting with a Health Trainer, you will be able to talk about the kind of support you are looking for and together agree on a number of personal health goals and how best to achieve them.
Marie Wallace, 61, from Standish has been working with her Health Trainer for the last nine months after being referred to the service by her practice nurse. She said:

“Before I started working with my Health Trainer Geoff, I had heard lots of messages about the importance of moderating alcohol, exercising and eating more healthily but I never took any notice. Geoff has helped me to understand how small changes to my lifestyle can have a positive effect on my mental and physical health.”

For more information about how Health Trainers can help you or to book an appointment call 01942 481712 to speak to a member of the team or visit www.alwch.nhs.uk and click on the Health Trainers section to fill in an online referral form.

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