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Toni Smith September 18, 2020

Stuart kickstarts his weight loss journey with ‘Your Health, Your Way’

When Broxtowe resident Stuart went to his GP and asked for help with weight management, he had tried everything and was desperate for some support to help him drop the pounds.

After listening to his story, Stuart’s GP recommended Nottinghamshire support service ‘Your Health, Your Way’, and completed a referral on his behalf.

Your Health, Your Way (YHYW) is a free service available to support residents of Nottinghamshire to lose weight, get more active, eat healthier, drink less and quit smoking.

Stuart says: “I was contacted two days after seeing the GP and booked onto a telephone appointment. I was a bit nervous as I wasn’t sure what the service involved, but my Healthy Lifestyle Advisor (HLA) Darren made me feel reassured about the service and confident on embarking on this journey. He talked me through all the different interventions that were available i.e Zoom, phone etc. I opted for telephone support.

“I had tried to lose weight in the past but nothing ever seemed to work for me. I tried Weight Watchers, Slimming World and just eating smaller portions, but just couldn’t keep it up for a long period of time. This time, with YHYW, I have lost 8lbs and found all the nutritional information well explained so I could fully understand, as I can easily get confused!’

Stuart is doing his intervention over the phone and receives nutritional resources via email. He loves the portion size module and really likes the fact he was asked to create food diaries and send meal photos to get more specified advice.

“Darren has been doing my 1:1 nutrition and has been brilliant. He explains everything to make it as simple as possible. All information is relatable to my weight loss goal and I feel like I would have struggled if it wasn’t for that regular support. He sends information after every session and is always available for a chat when I need him or if I have any extra questions or queries.

“Losing the weight has made me feel a lot more confident and I’m a lot more mobile than I was before. I find reading food labels interesting and now I always looks at things to see what stuff it contains. Seeing these results in nine weeks has motivated me to continue with the healthy lifestyle.”

Stuart is also now receiving ‘Stop Smoking’ support from YHYW and hasn’t had cigarette since July thanks to his advisor Karen and the nasal spray and patches she prescribed.

“All in all, I would 100% recommend Your Health Your Way!”

Your Health, Your Way

Your Health Your Way is a free service available to support residents of Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) to lose weight, get more active, eat healthier, drink less and quit smoking.

Weight loss (Adults, Families, Maternity): Losing weight and keeping it off can be hard. We take a realistic approach to weight management, no strict/expensive diets or exhausting exercise routines but a positive, regular, practical, and realistic changes to achieve a healthy weight.
Smoking (12 years+): Your Health Your Way’s Stop Smoking Service helps individuals quit smoking for good. Our dedicated and friendly stop smoking advisors deliver a range of 1-1 and drop-in sessions as well as phone and digital support. We provide a full range of free nicotine replacement therapy alongside weekly support from our stop smoking advisors.

Physical Activity: If you think you currently do less than an hour of activity a week then we can support with personalised activity support, you can join one of our groups to increase your fitness levels safely and 1:1 support.

Alcohol: (for those aged 18+) We deliver a range of 1-1 and group sessions that support people to reduce their alcohol intake and drink within the recommended guidelines

All interventions are free and are with the support of our friendly and positive advisors, who will offer encouragement, advice and maintain a positive approach to managing your weight and health behaviours.

For more information or to make a quick, easy self-referral visit or call 0115 772 2515. Make sure to follow our social media for videos, recipes, and tips!

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