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WILTSHIRE Council is launching the new Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub which will assist people who want to improve their health and mental wellbeing.
The council report, “The Wiltshire health improvement hub will utilise health improvement coaches that can support people to make practical changes to improve their health and mental wellbeing through one-to-one support.
“The new service builds on the success of the current health trainer service which has been running since 2014, and has supported 5000 people in Wiltshire to lose weight and eat a healthy diet, increase physical activity, reduce alcohol intake, stop smoking and improve emotional wellbeing.
“The health improvement hub will be a single point of access for referrals to the health improvement coaches, Healthy Me (child and family weight management service), and our new group adult weight management programme, Healthy Us, due to launch January 2021.”
Cllr Simon Jacobs, cabinet member for public health said, “Many people have struggled with their mental health in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In response we are refocusing the current health trainer service and launching the health improvement coaches service, so that we can better support the residents of Wiltshire.
“The new service will support mental wellbeing by giving clients practical tools and advice which will assist behaviour change and improve their health. For example, supporting a client to eat more healthily or reduce their alcohol intake to support their mental wellbeing. Or practical behaviour change support for low mood, reducing stress or anxiety. Coaches will also continue to offer 1-2-1 stop smoking support and 1-2-1 weight management support.
“Our health improvement coaches will offer one-to-one support for six one-hour sessions, the sessions are carried out by telephone or virtually and when safe to do so they will be offered as a face to face session. This service will be available to over 18s and is free.”
More information about the Wiltshire health improvement hub can be found on our website at https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-trainers. Alternatively people can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 003 4566 – option 1