Livewell offers a wide variety of healthy lifestyle programmes with partners including Derby County Community Trust (DCCT).

The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Linda Winter, visited a selection of the projects last month including:

Bowled over by fun and caring programme – Liveability session at Derby Arena

Livewell’s Liveability 12-month programme supports people with learning disabilities to manage their weight.  The Mayor enjoyed meeting the cheerful group at their weekly activity session and watching them take part in Boccia (similar to bowls) and dancing.

Livewell’s specialist advisor, Mark Dolman works with carers and the individual to develop a flexible plan. It includes healthy eating advice and physical activity sessions that cater for all physical and emotional difficulties connected to learning disabilities.

Preventing health problems and smashing targets – NHS Health Check at the Council House

The Mayor witnessed a Livewell NHS Health Check in action delivered by Health Check advisor, Cathy Jephson.  She was impressed with Livewell’s wide availability of the free 30-minute check in Derby, targeted at 40-74 year olds who are less likely to visit their doctor.  The check includes blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, heart age and other simple tests, which help spot the early signs of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

Livewell delivers checks – booked online at the Livewell website – in leisure centres, church halls, workplaces, libraries, mosques and other community locations.  Lifestyle advice is offered as part of the check and Livewell refers people who qualify into its 12-month programmes to lose weight, improve fitness and stop smoking.

The service achieved its target to deliver 1000 Health Checks in the last year, almost two months early. And last year, BBC Radio Derby’s Sally Pepper had a Livewell Health Check on air and loved finding out that her heart age was younger than her actual age!

Empowering clients to achieve their health goals – Move and Tone class at Springwood Leisure Centre

Livewell has supported over 9000 people in Derby to transform their lives.  The Mayor met just a few of those who have lost weight and drastically improved their fitness at the popular Saturday morning exercise session at Springwood Leisure Centre.  Many of these clients haven’t exercised in decades but compassionate advisors, including Antony Belgrave, allay people’s fears by supporting them to work at their own level whilst injecting fun, motivation and plenty of laughs!  Many clients meeting through Livewell say they become friends for life and put their success down to the encouragement they get from each other.

Tackling school community health – Hardwick Primary School and Peartree Library

The Mayor saw first hand the real difference Livewell and DCCT is making to the health of Hardwick Primary School’s community.

The partnership has worked with the school since November to identify children and parents who require support to manage their weight and improve their health.

Joining the children for school lunch marked the start of a wonderful visit to see DCCT’s Active Schools programme, which aims to inspire the whole school community to be more physically active.

The Mayor observed excited children from the lunch-time Master Cadet Club get stuck into fun interactive games, designed to boost their exercise levels and healthy eating knowledge led by advisor, Sara Adcock.

Impressed by their understanding of food groups and portion sizes, the Mayor left the school remarking on the children’s enthusiasm and good manners.

In the final leg, the Mayor met mums taking part in an afternoon of fitness and healthy eating at Peartree Library.  The Mayor saw how the partnership had made it less daunting for women to join in by running the female-only sessions during the school day in a friendly and familiar place.  The ladies were clearly experiencing the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, discussing food swaps and changes to their diets that have helped them to lose weight.

On her visits The Mayor, Councillor Linda Winter said:

It’s been a wonderful experience to see first hand the fantastic work by the Council’s Livewell service and Derby County Community Trust that takes place in communities throughout Derby. Through these visits I’ve discovered the true breadth of services that are available to help people of all ages and abilities to make changes to improve their lives.”

People can find out more on the Livewell website or on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.