TWO men from Hartlepool have turned their lives around thanks to help from a trust’s health trainer service.
Between them, Matthew Clayton and Ian Rowbotham have lost nearly 12 stone – thanks to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust health trainer Ann Banks.
Through the 12-session course she runs at the Stranton Centre, in Hartlepool, Ann helped both of them to change their eating habits.
Matthew, 24, from Seaton, referred himself into the service, weighing nearly 23 stones. He is now seven stone lighter.
He said: “Ann has given me the information and support to help me lose the weight.
“I am now eating regular healthy meals, eating fruit and vegetables and exercising four times a week.
“I have now got a job as a postman, so I am really active anyway now. The health trainer service has helped me change my life.”
Ian, 42, from the Belle Vue area, has lost four and a half stone so far thanks to course.
He said: “The course has helped me change my life.
“I was originally referred in June last year. At that point I was already starting to lose weight and the service has helped me lose even more.
“I used to eat food at the wrong times of the day, including late in the evening.
“I have suffered with back problems which means I can no longer properly exercise.
“This has made losing weight more of a challenge, but with the help of Ann I am making fantastic progress.”
Ann said: “It’s not about dieting, it’s about assessing a client as an individual, and seeing how best we can work together to support their lifestyle changes for their own long-term health.
“It is important to us that people lose weight in a sensible controlled way.
“Fast weight loss is not healthy or sustainable. The majority of people we help are not only battling with food choices but also have daily life struggles with their health.
“Matthew and Ian have both done amazingly well and it has been a pleasure to work with them .
“They have listened to all of the advice I have given them and it has paid off.”
The trust’s team of health trainers run one-to-one and group weight management sessions across Hartlepool and Stockton for adults over 18.
They provide advice about controlling your weight, healthy eating and leading a more active lifestyle.
You can contact the service between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
For details, call (01642) 383833 or visit http://www.nth.nhs.uk/services/health-trainers/