Have you got a healthy heart?

Published Monday, 11 June 2018

A new healthy lifestyle service is encouraging people to find out how young their heart really is.

Healthy Lifestyle Coventry brings together services to help people to stop smoking, be more active, maintain a healthy weight, and cut down on alcohol – alongside free NHS Health Checks for people aged 40-74.

Health experts were recently in Bull Yard, in Coventry City Centre highlighting what the service can offer (see photo attached -  Cllr George Duggins, Cllr Kamran Caan, with left to right from Healthy Lifestyles Coventry, Marie Broeders, Karen Wagstaff, and Sumera Hussain).

Making changes to our lifestyle can have a big impact on our health and happiness. Adults over 18 can get free support through the service to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Cllr Kamran Caan Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “We all need to take the right steps to maintain our health and wellbeing whatever age we are. There will be lots of useful advice. I’m curious to know my own heart age. I try to keep healthy and active but I’d welcome any tips on what other steps I can take.”

Karen Wagstaff, service manager at Healthy Lifestyles Coventry, said: “We’ve been telling residents how the service can help them.

“We know that people’s lifestyle choices affect their heart health and unhealthy choices can lead to serious conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.”

The new integrated healthy lifestyles service encourages and supports people to take control of and improve their health and wellbeing.

The new service, is being delivered by ICE Creates who have been commissioned by Coventry City Council in a move that sees a more joined-up approach to supporting people across their wider healthcare needs.

Until now, different services such as stop smoking support have been offered by separate providers. The new integrated service means local people can get support across a range of needs including healthy eating and physical activity through one single point of access.

Healthy Lifestyles Coventry also includes the NHS Health Checks Programme for eligible people aged 40-74. People wishing to access help through the service can either refer themselves or be referred by a health care professional.

The service will take a targeted approach, reaching out to adults who may be less likely to engage with prevention services and provide them with more intensive individual care.

Adults who are more able to manage their own lifestyle changes will be helped do so with the help of best-you.org an online health and lifestyle portal and community of support. For those people who need some extra support and guidance, a lifestyle coach will provide them with a tailored package of support to help them achieve positive changes. 

Coaches will work out of a main base in Coventry city centre and will also offer clinics at community and health venues across the city.

A range of GP practices and pharmacists across the city will also continue to offer stop smoking support and NHS Health Checks to patients accessing their sites.

Liz Gaulton, Acting Director of Public Health at Coventry City Council, added: “Adopting a healthier lifestyle enables people to live more independent and fulfilling lives. This new service is an important step in improving the health and wellbeing of everyone.”

For more information about the service visit www.hlscoventry.org or call free on 0800 122 3780.

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