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Runcorn man finds new lease of life with Fresh Start programme
Don Nash from Sutton Park in Runcorn has just successfully completed 6 months on our popular Fresh Start programme.
At a routine check-up with his doctor, he was told he had a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease (or CVD) and the best way to reduce his risk was to make some lifestyle changes and improve his health. Don was referred onto the Halton Health Improvement Team’s Fresh Start programme. This is his story.
“I was referred to Fresh Start by my nurse at Murdishaw Health Centre after a check-up showed I had a high risk of developing CVD (Cardiovascular Disease). One option my GP suggested was to go onto statins, but as my cholesterol isn’t too high, I didn’t want to do that. Losing weight was another option to reduce my risk so I decided that was the way to go.
“I started the Fresh Start programme and in the last 6 months I’ve lost over 20 kilos (3 stone, 2 pounds) and 7 inches off my waist – which has made me feel so much better and means I can do more without getting out of breath. And my CVD risk has gone down too.
“Fresh Start has been great. I’m eating smaller portions and using the portion trackers we’re given. I’ve learned to cook some basic meals and I’m taking regular exercise too now.
“I’m going to keep up with this and I might join one of the local gyms too.
“I’d definitely recommend Fresh Start. I was extremely impressed with the professional and courteous approach of all the staff. The education part was superb and delivered in a positive and sometimes firm manner – but it didn’t make us feel embarrassed or offended! The team are obviously very well trained and knowledgeable.”
Fresh Start is a 6 month weight management programme offering weekly sessions which include education on areas such as portion sizes, fats and sugars and understanding food labels, and each session includes an exercise class, which can be tailored to people’s needs and ability. We also offer access to an NHS dietitian if needed.
The scheme is free for the first 10 weeks, then just £2.50 per session for the next 16 weeks.
The Halton Health Improvement Team runs Fresh Start sessions across Runcorn and Widnes.
For more details call us on 0300 029 0029 or visit /project/fresh-start-halton-free-weight-loss-programme/
You can also speak to your GP about the programme.