District wins funding for health ‘coach’

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A pilot scheme is to be launched in Forest Heath early next year, aimed at promoting community health through free programmes.

Forest Heath District Council and Live Well Suffolk have successfully bid for Suffolk County Council to fund a community health coach for the district.

The pilot scheme is designed to offer services to Forest Heath residents that will help them make healthier lifestyle choices.

“The Community Health Coach will be involved in helping organise physical activity courses, weight management programmes as well as helping people who want to quit smoking,” said Dan Ford, from Live Well Suffolk.

“These services will be run from centres in Brandon, Mildenhall and Newmarket.”

The community health coach will be offering group programmes and one to one support from March next year,