Patients who struggle with loneliness, are isolated, inactive, or have health issues that make it difficult for them to do the things they want to do very often deal with their issues by not taking enough care of themselves – often with no exercise, poor diet, smoking or drinking.
This can create a vicious cycle, and it can be hard for people to know where to go and get help.
Let’s Live Well in Rushcliffe (LLWiR) is a co-produced pilot of Health Coaches and Link Workers, based in General Practices, who live locally, know the resources, groups, activities and clubs that are available, and are com.mitted to supporting people to live well. Everyone working with LLWiR has experience with health problems so know what it is like to struggle at times
Patients can access the LLWiR programme via self-referral or referral from their GP or community services.
LLWiR Health Coaches and Link Workers:
Everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
‘One You’ aims to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and in later life.
The campaign from Public Health England helps adults to move more, eat well, drink less and be smoke free. One You also provides information on how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better.
Modern day life makes it hard for people to live healthily, with bigger portions for everything we eat, a desk-bound job or a long commute. One You gives people the chance to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health before it’s too late.
It encourages adults to start by taking an online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs people to tools and advice to help them take action where it’s most needed. Over half (56%) of 40 to 60 year olds taking the ‘How Are You’ quiz said they were likely to change their lifestyle to improve their health because of the feedback it gave them.
Click here to read more about how a team of volunteers from Rushcliffe, including GPs, service improvement staff and patient representatives, took part in a summer of One You roadshows, attending several large community events across Rushcliffe between June and September 2017.
Click here to visit the "Get Involved" section of our website
Interested in what we have achieved in relation to Self Care Prevention & Empowerment? Click here to read more.