Forest Heath’s new health coach will help with healthier lifestyles

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If you are starting to struggle with that New Year’s resolutions to diet, get more active or quit smoking, don’t worry help is on its way.

Forest Heath is to get its own Community Health Coach from March, offering free programmes designed to help residents across the district make healthier lifestyle choices.

Toby Turner is the new community health coach for Forest Heath. His appointment is part of a pilot scheme after Forest Heath District Council and Live Well Suffolk successfully bid for Suffolk County Council funding.

Cllr Warwick Hirst, Forest Heath Cabinet member for Heath, Leisure and Culture, said: “I know a lot of us have pledged to lose weight, get more active, or perhaps give up smoking. Maintaining that initial resolve, however, isn’t always easy. Forest Heath District Council identified that a Community Health Coach would be able to help residents in Forest Heath, whether it is in making small changes to portion sizes/ diet, increasing opportunities for exercise, or help in quitting the cigarettes. This should make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The Community Health Coach will be offering group programmes and one to one support from March, with the pilot due to finish at the end of December 2015.

Toby, 23, graduated with distinction in his Sports and Exercise Psychology Masters degree in December.

He was a volunteer Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, while Toby’s passion for sports has seen him compete at regional level in both football and table tennis.

He said: “I will be organising exercise courses, weight management programmes, stop smoking clinics and other sessions to help improve your healthy lifestyle. Although many of these services are available to residents who travel to Bury St Edmunds, from March we will be offering these services in Brandon, Mildenhall and Newmarket. The aim is to reach even more people in Forest Heath by bringing our services to their doorstep.”

Anyone interested in enquiring about the services that will be available in Forest Heath through the new Community Health Coach should email or telephone 01473 229297.