NHS launch new service to help people get healthy in East Sussex

A HEALTH trainer service which aims to help people lead healthier lives is being launched this week.

Health trainers offer practical support to help people stopping smoking, becoming more active, eating more healthily, drinking sensibly and sexual health.

The NHS service will support people from Newhaven, Peacehaven, Hailsham, Uckfield and Eastbourne.

It has already been running successfully in the Hastings and Rother area since 2009.

Health trainer service manager Clare Ledwith said: “Health trainers are a new and welcome addition to the public health team, focussing on behaviour change to motivate and support individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles.”

Health trainers reach out to people who often have difficulty accessing services.

These groups can include those on a low incomes or with mental health problems, ethnic minorities, gypsies and travellers and the elderly.

The health trainer service will be available to adults in the following locations: Eastbourne (Hampden Park, Upperton and Devonshire wards), Peacehaven (East and West), Newhaven, Seaford, Uckfield (New Town ward), Hailsham (East ward) and Hellingly.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the new scheme should call 01323 418997.

To mark the launch of the service, health trainers will be at the following venues to offer help and advice.

They will also be joined by Water WellPoint which will provide a basic health check including blood pressure, pulse and body mass index (BMI).

Eastbourne Arndale Centre, Thursday April 7, 8.30am-5.30pm

Sainsbury’s, Newhaven, Friday April 15, 8.30-5.30pm

Langney Shopping Centre, Eastbounre, Thursday April 28, 9am-5pm

Health Trainers will also be available to offer help and support at:

Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, Thursday April 7, 10am-2pm

The Quintins Centre, Hailsham, Wednesday April 13, 8.30am-4pm