BEST OF HEALTH AWARDS: Promoting fitness in Hartlepool

Members of the Health Trainer team (rear left to right) Ann Banks, Pamela Cairns, Denise Murphy and Sharon Bartram (front left to right) Faye Guy, Steve Gaffney and Roz Palmer.
Members of the Health Trainer team (rear left to right) Ann Banks, Pamela Cairns, Denise Murphy and Sharon Bartram (front left to right) Faye Guy, Steve Gaffney and Roz Palmer.

SEVEN dedicated health experts are leading the fight to make people aware of fitness.

And the team of fantastic workers at the Health Trainer Service, based at Hartlepool Marina, are doing such a good job they have been nominated for an award.

The Health Trainer Service has been running in town since March 2007 following a Government directive which said Whitehall wanted local people to help local communities get back into shape.

The team which took up the challenge is headed by health trainer manager Sharon Bartram who said: “We are over the moon to be nominated. We are excited.”

The team is in the running for a Best of Health awards which is run by the Hartlepool Mail.

Sharon added: “When we heard, our reaction was ‘wow!’ We work hard and we don’t do it for the recognition, but when someone nominated us, we were thrilled.”

The aim of the service is to get people to look at healthy eating and becoming more active.

“It is about promoting a healthy way of life,” said Sharon. “It is about looking at lifestyles and making changes.”

Around 200 people are on the service’s books in Hartlepool at any one time, with an age range from 18 to 95.

But the service is not just to do with weight and lifestyle management. It also gives advice to people needing help with benefits, or who need rehabilitation after cardiac problems.

“We do teach people about food matters and we even take people to supermarkets and show them the information on food labels.

“But we are not just about education, we help people to access services and we can signpost them on to other facilities if they need to.”

The team becomes yet another entry into the fast-growing list of contenders in this year’s awards but there is still time to nominate more.

It could not be easier for people to nominate their favourites from all sections of the health system.

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