Our North Somerset Health Trainer service have been providing healthy lifestyles support over the phone since the start of the coronavirus restrictions. Many of the clients the team support are elderly or have health conditions, so have been staying at home.
The team have been busy giving advice about how to eat well during coronavirus, keep active at home and quit smoking. Clients who are isolated at home have been so grateful for the call and support given, the team have also been able to flag up several vulnerable and isolated clients with local support agencies.
Some ex-clients had gone back to old eating habits due to stay at home restrictions making it difficult to stay on track, and so have signed back up to the service to focus on eating well again with some support and guidance.
Smokers are at greater risk of severe symptoms from COVID 19 and we are pleased to report that there has been some positives to the stay at home restrictions. Many of the clients the Health Trainers have been supporting to quit smoking have found it easier to stay smoke free as they have not been socialising.
North Somerset resident Philippa Mears explains why she is so pleased to be smoke free:
‘My husband Peter and I will be smoke free for a year on 5 May 2020. Since we stopped smoking it has given our daughter and granddaughter the incentive to stop also, which we are so happy about, even more so with what we are living through now. One fantastic thing I noticed is that for the first time in 45 years my husband’s chest does not wheeze, we have also noticed how much more energy we have, and it’s all down to the help from our North Somerset Health Trainer that we eventually cracked it.
Jane Oultram talks about her experience of receiving support from the North Somerset Health Trainer Service during coronavirus:
‘Health Trainer, Debbie Stone has been ringing me up every couple of weeks to see how I am getting on with my goal of losing weight. To keep spirits up I have been going to the allotment, at the moment I am sowing seeds, tidying up, planting potatoes and strawberries. I also go out on my bike along the seafront most days for the hour we are allowed, or I go out for a walk’. If you would like to speak to a Health Trainer about making a healthy lifestyle change call us on 01934 427661.
Our team of Health Trainers have also been sharing how they have been keeping active and eating well during restrictions, follow them on Twitter @NSHealthTrainer.