Chance to boost your well-being

A TEAM of health professionals in Scarborough is appealing to locals looking to improve their lifestyle in the New Year.

The Health Trainers Service is part of an innovative project to help support, motivate and guide people in Scarborough to make healthier long-term lifestyle choices.

The programme includes advice on physical activity, nutrition, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake and promoting a positive mental health.

The Health Trainers are based at the Falsgrave Community Resource Centre and are appealing to anyone in the area looking to improve their lifestyle to get in touch.

Penny Kendall, 61, of Newby, is a retired hospice nurse and has been involved with the Health Trainers since July 2011.

She said: “I was unfit and suffering with quite a few niggles - mainly connected to my osteoarthritis. It was getting me down and I had resigned myself to this getting worse with age.

“I first found out about the Health Trainers at an event at Newby Library. Since starting with them my outlook on my life and health has changed for the better. From doing virtually no exercise I now do several activities regularly and really miss it if I can’t do them. I do Pilates and go walking and swimming - I can even keep up with my three-year-old granddaughter.

“I’m not saying it was easy, but it has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. While I have lost weight, my fitness and the feeling of control I have over my health now is much more important to me.”