New Year, New Healthier YouPublished Monday, 7th January 2019
A free local service can help residents achieve their New Year Resolutions for 2019.
Get Healthy Rotherham, commissioned by Rotherham Council, provides specialist support in many of the most common resolutions, including stopping smoking, losing weight, eating more healthily and being more active. Anyone aged over 18 and who lives in Rotherham can access the support available (subject to eligibility criteria).
In addition, nearly 80,000 people in Rotherham are eligible to have a free NHS Health Check with Get Healthy Rotherham - the five yearly health assessment which can help people take steps to live a healthier lifestyle. The assessment aims to identify those at risk of serious, but potentially avoidable conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of dementia. People aged 40–74 years old and who meet the inclusion criteria are eligible.
Anyone wanting to stop smoking can get support directly from Get Healthy Rotherham’s 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.
The service 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 Rotherham Service Manager Jacqui Reddick said: “The start of the New Year is when most people decide to improve their health, and as we provide weight management support, a specialist stop smoking programme and general healthy lifestyle support it’s never been a better time to take advantage of the free support we offer. The NHS Health Check is also an excellent way of helping people understand how healthy changes could help reduce their risk of developing a long term health condition in the future.”
Cllr David Roche, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Care at Rotherham Council, and Chair of the Rotherham Tobacco Alliance, also emphasised the importance of the NHS Health Check. He said: “We are working closely with Get Healthy Rotherham to ensure that everyone who is eligible is able to access the NHS Health Check, as the assessment and any subsequent lifestyle changes will have such a positive impact on their long term health. I encourage anyone who thinks they may qualify to contact Get Healthy Rotherham - and even people who aren’t eligible may be able to benefit from one of the free healthy lifestyle interventions they offer.”