"Lifestyles advisor helped me lose 5% of my body weight"

About: City Health Care Partnership CIC / Active Lifestyles Service

(as the patient),

I was referred to weight loss management after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

I was asked if I would go and see an active lifestyles advisor which my GP referred.

My date arrived, I was very nervous and in two minds whether to keep the appointment.

I was called into this room, by Lee my active lifestyles advisor. He put me at ease form the start. We talked, he weighed me, took my blood pressure and asked what activities I did. I said nothing.

I meet him on a monthly basis, my health was poor at the time but he supported me through and encouraged me.

For example, I live in a flat. I used to really out of breath but after walking further and going to aqua aerobics the stairs have become easier to climb.

6 months later I have lost 26llbs in weight, down a couple of dress sizes and feeling healthier and being discharged because I have lost 5% of my body weight.

The worst bits is being weighed and not seeing Lee any more. The best bits is having support from lee, Rose and the other staff. I was never made to feel ashamed as to how I looked etc.

What should change? I should still be seeing Lee just to have his support and encouragement.

Thank you Lee I am very grateful for your help and support.

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Response from Mark Doughty, Weight Management Development Manager, Weight Management Services, City Health Care Partnership CIC

Thank you for your comments.

Well done on losing 26lbs and improving your health. I am pleased that Lee's support helped you to improve your fitness and lose weight.

I hope that you can now continue to improve your health without Lee's support.

If you feel that you need a little more support then I recommend you visit our Health Central building on Ferensway at the front of St Stephens shopping centre. Here we have free wellpoint kiosks that you can use to check your weight and blood pressure and a member of the Health Trainer team will be on hand should you need some support.

The contact number for Health Central is: 01482 477828 if you need more information.

Good luck with continuing your new lifestyle in the future.

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