The role of Healthtrainers
Healthtrainers provide personal support and motivation to adults across the East Riding of Yorkshire who wish to lead a healthier lifestyle.
We all have issues in our lives which may affect our health in some way. You may want to get fitter, control your weight, have a healthier diet or quit smoking. You may want to reduce your stress levels or just feel better about yourself.
If you want to become healthier but don’t know where to start, a healthtrainer will be able to help you work out exactly what you want and how to go about it.
Healthtrainers are friendly, understanding and supportive. They will help and encourage you to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Your healthtrainer will guide and support you with:
– healthy eating
– losing weight
– physical activity
– giving up smoking and substances – This is a combination therapy of behaviour support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy
– cutting down on alcohol
– sexual health
– reducing stress and anxiety
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Who are the Healthtrainers
Healthtrainers are people just like you. They have been recruited from the community, bringing with them a range of skills, experience and local knowledge.
Healthtrainers come from a variety of backgrounds. They have the knowledge and experience of living and working in the community and they understand how difficult it can be to make healthy choices sometimes.
Heathtrainers have undergone extensive training and they keep up to date with all the latest health information. They will be out and about at public events to give out information and support you.
Healthtrainers will help you set achievable goals, develop your personal plan, identify and overcome barriers and provide ongoing encouragement and support. They know the local area and can put you in touch with local services, community groups, support and self-help groups.
Healthtrainers can spend up to an hour with you at each meeting. You can meet with them weekly or fortnightly for up to six to eight sessions if you need to. They also provide telephone support if you find it difficult to get out.
How do I get a Healthtrainer
If you have picked up one of our black leaflets from various locations across the East Riding including our shops you will find a referral slip on the inside back page, just complete the slip and post it to the healthtrainers office in Bridlington:
Humber NHS Foundation Trust
19 Quay Road, Bridlington, YO15 2AB
You will be contacted by a healthtrainer to arrange a meeting. You and your healthtrainer will have a one-to-one confidential meeting to agree healthy changes to your lifestyle.
You will have ongoing individual support, encouragement and guidance throughout the process.
Alternatively you can call us on 0800 9177752 to register yourself with the service.
Also why not use our new text service to refer in for smoking cessation. To do so text QUIT to 60163
(Healthtrainers are not qualified to give medical advice. If you have a high-risk medical condition e.g. heart problems or uncontrolled high blood pressure, you are advised to see your GP or practice nurse before making any major lifestyle changes).
We are proud supporters of the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance to support awareness and help in reducing the stigma associated with the disease.
For further information please contact:
Alzheimer’s Society, Suite D, Annie Reed Court, Annie Reed Road, Beverley, HU17 0LF
T: 01482 211255