A new year, a new way to get and stay healthy

Published
14.12.2016

From the 1st January, the county council's new provider will be helping people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Following a competitive tender, Gloucestershire County Council awarded ICE Creates the five-year healthy lifestyles service contract in October.

The new contract will see a more joined up approach meaning people will be able to get help to stop smoking, lose weight, cut down on alcohol or be more active from the same service.

The new service will focus particularly on people who need most help to improve their health and wellbeing, and are at the greatest risk of getting ill as a result.  Online information and support will be available for people who can manage their own lifestyle changes, whilst those who are at a greater risk will get help from dedicated lifestyle coach.

The new joined-up service works by empowering people to make positive lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and wellbeing, and comes with a comprehensive package and community of support.

People who need support to  stop smoking, reduce the amount they drink lose weight,  or be more active  will be offered group and individual support, with more intensive one-to-one support available for those who need it.

The new service will also look to help future generations stay healthy, by working with pregnant women and young families to help them to have a healthy lifestyle right from the start. Front-line staff, such as support workers and other health professionals will be trained to offer information on healthy lifestyles to people who are already using their services.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I'm really looking forward to working with ICE Creates and I have already had preliminary meetings with them.

"It's important that we continue to look at new ways to promote the benefits of quitting smoking, losing weight, and just generally being more healthy. This is particularly important in the run up to the New Year when people start making their New Year's resolutions.

"I'm confident that ICE Creates will be able to encourage and help people who are serious about wanting to have a healthier lifestyle in 2017 and beyond."

Stuart Jackson, chief executive at ICE Creates said: "New Year is a time when many of us resolve to make a new start, maybe by losing weight or taking more exercise.

"We're really excited to be launching the new healthy lifestyles service in Gloucestershire and about the benefits it is set to bring for local people."

The main healthy lifestyles service goes live in January, with additional services including a healthy pregnancy and healthy start programme to follow over the next 12 months.

To sign-up to the healthy lifestyles service call 0800 122 3788 or email info@hlsglos.org

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