“I want to set a good example to the children I coach,” explains Chris Pyle when asked why he has joined Livewell to quit smoking for #Stoptober2017.

The 31 year old from Sunnyhill has smoked for 10 years and runs a football academy for children in Derby. He is determined to be a positive role model for the 80 youngsters he works with:

“I feel my job isn’t just to be a coach but a good role model to our young players.  I know I’m not as fit as I could be and that’s down to smoking so quitting will help me lead by example to be a better influence.  I’m lucky I do a job I love and quitting will help me be the best I can be.”

Chris not only wants to stop for the youngsters in his football academy but for his four year old son and 2 step children too.

“Heart problems run in my family and my parents and nan sadly passed away before their time. I’m concerned that if I carry on smoking, I could have health issues too.  I want to see my children grow up and be proud of their dad.”

Chris is using a stop smoking medicine called Champix to quit, which was recommended to him by Livewell advisor, Paul Mallett.  It works by blocking the signal of nicotine reaching the receptors in the brain and therefore reducing cravings.  Paul will also support Chris through the first few difficult weeks with practical advice and encouragement.

If you’d like to join Chris to go smoke free for Stoptober, it’s not too late!  Join Livewell and book your first appointment today at www.livewellderby.co.uk/stopsmoking