New service available to help you get healthy

Published Tuesday, 19th June 2018
New service available to get you healthy
The opening of the new Get Healthy service.

Rotherham residents thinking about getting healthier can now access free support from a new service designed to help people achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.

Get Healthy Rotherham offers free, specialist support to help people stop smoking, lose weight, get more active, reduce their alcohol intake and improve their overall health. Anyone aged over 18 and who has a Rotherham postcode will be able to access the support available (subject to eligibility criteria).

The service also offers free NHS Health Checks to help people understand how healthy changes could help reduce their risk of developing a long term health condition in the future. NHS Health Checks are available for anyone aged 40 -74 (subject to eligibility criteria).

Anyone wanting to stop smoking can get support directly from Get Healthy Rotherham through their specialist Get Healthy Coaches. They offer a programme of support which includes free expert advice and stop smoking medications including Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Support is available either online, via telephone support or face to face at one of many community venues across Rotherham. Clients will be assigned their own Get Healthy Coach who will work with the client to devise a specialist programme tailored to their individual requirements. The Get Healthy Coaches also offer general information, advice and support for people who require behaviour change support to help improve their lifestyle.

Get Healthy Rotherham is also working in partnership with Slimming World to help deliver a free 12 week weight management programme for people who wish to lose weight (subject to eligibility criteria).

Get Healthy Coaches can offer referrals and signposting to other organisations within Rotherham who provide specialist support for people wishing to be more active, especially those with health conditions who require condition specific exercise programmes tailored to their personal needs. Service Manager Jacqui Reddick said: “This is an exciting new service which will help thousands of people across Rotherham, and we are looking forward to working with members of the public and supporting them to make healthy changes to their lifestyles.

“If people are interested in, or have been advised to lose weight, stop smoking, eat more healthily, be more active or reduce the amount of alcohol they drink, then we're here to help them make those changes and stick with them, so that their behaviour changes become a long lasting part of their new healthier lifestyle”.

Cllr David Roche, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Public Health added: “It is important that people are able to access services to help them to lead healthy lives quickly and easily. Get Healthy Rotherham brings together a range of expert support for the people in the borough to help them make choices about how best to do this.

“We are delighted to be working with Get Healthy Rotherham to deliver this service and we hope together, we can help the people of Rotherham achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.”

For further information you can register your details and create your own account if you wish. Alternatively, for more information and to book an appointment:

Call Get Yourself Healthy on 01709 718720

Lines are open 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 2pm every Saturday.

Get Healthy Rotherham is commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and delivered by Parkwood Healthcare Ltd.

Visit the Get Healthy website