Since February 2017 patients in Herstmonceux have been able to sign up to the Health Coach project. This scheme is due to expand to Hailsham in early 2019.

This project gives people the opportunity to work with a professional Health Coach to manage their own health and consists of three steps.

Step 1: Health Coach Sessions

Step 2: Wellbeing morning

Step 3: Ongoing evening support classes

Health coaches can enable people to gain confidence, increase motivation and work towards their own health goals.

Over 200 people have now attended the programme and feedback shows that many of the patients have improved mental health, increased physical activity, weight loss, reduced medication requirements and are now enjoying more community activities.

Here are some comments from patients who have worked with the Health Coach:

‘The Health Coach was really encouraging, and for the first time I have been made aware of exercise and diet. I have a more positive outlook about managing my health – and it has increased my motivation. I have reduced my sugar intake which is good for my diabetes type 2.’

‘Definitely a wake–up call to make changes for my health’s sake. The regular appointments with the Health Coach supported and motivated me to achieve my health goals. The Health Coach was so good- listening and understanding – and non-judgmental.’

‘I feel so much better health wise – my family has noticed a difference. I have movement in my joints- and some of my friends have been inspired by my new activities’.

See the film which describes the work carried out by this project and features one life changing personal story:

If you are registered with a GP in Herstmonceux or Hailsham and are interested in the scheme – please have a chat with your Doctor or surgery nurse.