Have a Healthy 2017! Top Tips from NHS Expert

After overindulging at Christmas, many of us will make the New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more. It may seem like a mammoth task, but here, Josh Rhodes, a Personal Lifestyle Coach for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust passes on his top healthy living tips, and explains what help and support is available in the city to help you achieve your goals.

IMG_0040Josh Rhodes is a Personal Lifestyle Coach for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Healthy Living Service. For the past three and a half years, Josh has been helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people who attend one-on-one clinics run by the Trust by advising and supporting on issues such as weight management, healthy eating, physical activity, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake. In addition to these personalised sessions, Josh also engages with members of the public through manning Healthy Lifestyle Service stalls at local events and GP surgeries and health centres.

“My role as a Personal Lifestyle Coach is very interesting and varied”, Josh said.

“When new clients come into the Trust’s Healthy Lifestyle clinics wanting to improve their health, they’re often a bit nervous and worried that they won’t be successful. It’s a real pleasure to get to know them and see them growing in confidence and motivation over the next few weeks.”

“When a new client arrives, we initially do an assessment with them to find out more about their lifestyle and habits. We then discuss what their goals are, what barriers they may face and how we can support them. Clients will usually choose something that they’d like to change in the following week. It’s great to set goals, so long as you set yourself up for success and not failure.”

“Seeing the happiness in people’s faces when they reach their goal, whether it’s stopping smoking or fitting into their favourite trousers for the first time in five years makes it a really rewarding job.”

Josh added, “After your referral, clients can get weekly support for a period of 12 weeks. We very much focus on working together to change behaviours and make goals realistic, achievable and sustainable.” 

Josh’s Top Tips for a Healthy 2017


 Cut Back on Fat

Manage the Amount you Eat

Swap for Five a Day

Drink Swap

Increase Physical Activity

Stopping Smoking

A stop smoking treatment such as patches, gum or tablets, can help make stopping smoking more comfortable. These are available on prescription.

 Anybody over the age of eighteen can self-refer into the Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Healthy Lifestyle Service. Sessions run on a one-to-one basis over a period of twelve weeks. There are nearly 20 clinics across the city, which run every day of the week. Most clinics are free- only charges for certain stop-smoking prescriptions apply for people not exempt from prescription charges.

Call: 0800 1694219

Text: SMOKEFREE to 60066

Email: stopsmokingleeds@nhs.net

Or visit: www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.net/smoking