Pilot scheme to improve community health in Forest Heath

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A pilot scheme will 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 bid successfully 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.

Cllr Warwick Hirst, Forest Heath Cabinet member for Heath, Leisure and Culture, said: “It is brilliant news that the district council has successfully bid for this Community Health Coach. We have been able to identify that a Community Health Coach would be able to help residents in Forest Heath. This may be in helping make small changes in your diet/portion sizes, smoking, or lack of exercise – things that exist in every town and village throughout the land.

“The Community Heath Coach should be in place by the New Year – just in time for some of those New Year’s resolutions that we all struggle to stick to.”

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

Dan Ford, part of the project team at Live Well Suffolk said: “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.

“These services will be run from centres in Brandon, Mildenhall and Newmarket. We already offer many of these services from Bury St Edmunds – however a more local Community Health Coach will allow us to reach more people in Forest Heath and bring 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 info@livewellsuffolk.org.uk or telephone 01473 229297.