A PUB landlord has been praised as “an inspiration” for the fantastic way he has turned his life around.
Steve Bell, 52, was referred to experts at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to work with the health trainers after he suffered a health scare.
The man who runs The Fishermans Arms in Southgate, was referred for help after suffering a heart attack.
The town man admitted he was hesitant about going at first.
But once he overcame his reluctance, he has never looked back and is feeling the benefits.
He has taken on all of the advice and help he has been given and has completely transformed his life.
He said: “Around the time that I had the heart attack I was drinking a lot, was smoking regularly and was eating the wrong things quite often.
“I also didn’t really have any exercise in my life.
“I remember my first day visiting the health trainers at Fitness Connexions in Brenda Road in Hartlepool – I didn’t want to go along at all.
“It was only after meeting and speaking with the health trainers that nobody was forcing me to do anything – all they were doing was offering help and advice.”
Steve is really grateful for the help and support he has received.
“Thanks to them I have turned my life around. I have given up smoking, I have improved my diet and I am exercising regularly.”
As his fitness has improved, Steve has taken part in various running events including the Great North Run.
Along with a group of the health trainers and other people who have been to the sessions, Steve has also recently cycled 150 miles on the coast to coast from Workington to Sunderland.
Health trainer Roz Charlton, who also took part, said: “I remember seeing Steve arrive for his first session at the gym and since then he really has turned his life around.
“Steve has taken on board all of the advice and information we have given him. He’s a real inspiration to anyone who wants to make real changes to their life.”
Part of the role of the health trainers is to work with trust’s cardiac nursing team, arranging rehabilitation classes across the community for people who have heart problems, for example angina, heart failure and heart attacks. The sessions are partly an exercise class followed by information about healthy eating, relaxation, reducing alcohol intake, being a healthy weight, and managing medications.
For more information about the health trainer service phone (01642) 853998.