New ‘health trainer’ at Saffron Walden Community Hospital

EXPERT advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle can now be sought on a weekly basis thanks to the launch of a new service.

An NHS-funded health trainer will be available every Wednesday at Saffron Walden Community Hospital, offering free advice and support to people who wish to make changes to their lifestyle.

Samantha Whiteman will be tackling five key lifestyle behaviours – weight management, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, getting more physically active and dealing with stress, depression and anxiety.

One person who has already taken advantage of the service is 50-year-old Jeremy Rose from Newport.

“I had a free health check and discussed my weight and lifestyle with the health trainer team,” he said.

“I really liked what I heard because it was all about them listening to how I felt and coming up with suggestions which specifically suited what I wanted to achieve.

“I see a health trainer once a month now because it helps give me that all-important nudge.”

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The health trainer service is being run by Anglian Community Enterprise, which has been awarded a one-year contract by NHS West Essex.

To book an appointment, call 0800 731 3133.