We welcomed Jennifer Seymour, Community Network Lead, Everyone Health to give an update on what they do. Their services – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Lifestyle Services – are now branded as “Healthy You” and are funded by the county council.
The services include prevention of obesity, healthy eating, exercise, adult weight management, stop smoking services, falls prevention and NHS health checks. Currently all services are delivered virtually.
Adult weight management
A 12 week course open to anyone motivated to lose weight and with a BMI greater than 25. There are nutritionist-led group discussions, fun exercise classes. They are partners with Slimming World and Wellness that Works (previously Weightwatchers).
Health trainer service
This is aimed at those who wish to make positive lifestyle changes, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and reducing stress. You get up to six 1:1 appointments (these can be spread over 12 months) with behaviour change advice and motivational support to achieve goals and targets.
Mental health, health trainer service
This provides support to improve the physical health of those with enduring mental illness, with up to eight 1:1 behavioural change sessions.
Falls prevention service
This is for those 65 and over who have had at least one fall in the past year or are becoming increasingly unsteady. There is a new strength and exercise programme due for launch April 21 – FaME – over a 24 week programme.
Stop smoking service
Anyone who wants to stop smoking or vaping can get 12 weeks of 1:1 support with tips on how to deal with cravings and advice on medications.
Alcohol health trainer service
This is for those who wish to reduce their alcohol consumption, but is not intended for those who have a dependency. Up to eight 1:1 sessions of motivational support are offered.
There are also 3 new services being piloted. In our area a Carer health trainer service is being offered to help support those who offer care to a friend or family member. In the North of the county there’s an Eastern European outreach service aimed at supporting migrants, and a Diabetes support service aimed at those recently diagnosed.
NHS health check
This is for 40-74 year olds who haven’t had a check in the previous 5 years and without an existing diagnosis. It includes measures of height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and HbA1c and assessment in the light of age, sex and ethnicity. These are similar to those carried out at GP surgeries, but they can be offered at evenings and weekends to allow those working to attend.
You can download a copy of Jennifer’s presentation below.
Access to services
There is now a single point of access for all these services to which you can refer yourself, and they are all offered free of charge.
Telephone: 0333 005 0093