Wolverhampton's Healthy Lifestyles Service has officially joined the City of Wolverhampton Council - and people are encouraged to find out how the team can help improve their wellbeing.

Following its transfer on 1 October, 2016, the service is now delivered as part of the council's Public Health function, rather than by the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

The Healthy Lifestyles team offers motivational support and advice for people who want to live more healthily, covering healthy eating and physical activity as well as helping people reduce their alcohol consumption and quit smoking.

They provide NHS Health Checks and the support of health trainers, make referrals to exercise programmes and run the Positive Pregnancy and Beyond programme, among others.

The Healthy Lifestyles team also coordinate the very popular Walking for Health scheme, which offers some 40 free walks across the city each week and attracts around 2,000 regular participants.

All Healthy Lifestyles Service activities are free to people who live, work or have a GP in Wolverhampton.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Healthy Lifestyles team have a key role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of people living in our city.

"I myself have experienced the support they offer. Their help was instrumental in setting me on my weight loss journey, and with their continuing encouragement I have been able to lose over eight stone in two years.

"If, like me, others want to change their lifestyle and behaviour, I would urge them to speak to the Healthy Lifestyles team and take that first step towards improving their health."

To contact the Healthy Lifestyles Service, please call 01902 553838. For more information about improving your health and wellbeing, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=3740;Title=One You Wolverhampton; or email oneyou@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

  • released: Friday 21 October, 2016