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New Year, New Lifestyle For Richmondshire Residents
Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015
New Year, New Lifestyle For Richmondshire Residents
A brand new lifestyle service to support residents who want to improve their health has been launched by Richmondshire District Council.

The authority has been commissioned to provide the holistic service, ‘Step by Step’ which has the backing of GPs and health care professionals – and is jointly funded by North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and the NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.  

It aims is to improve a range of health conditions including respiratory conditions, heart disease, muscular disorders, obesity, risk of falls, asthma, arthritis and osteoporosis, as well as supporting people who need to increase their physical activity.
Step By Step incorporates the existing GP exercise referral scheme and a new service for people who need extra support to improve their lifestyle.  Anyone wishing to take part in the programme would do so by visiting their GP for a referral.
The service is open to any Richmondshire resident aged 18 or over, who meets the eligibility criteria and has been referred by their GP or other health care professional. 

Patients accepted on the programme which is part of the County Council’s work to improve health and life expectancy of people in North Yorkshire will take part in a free 12 week tailor-made programme from lifestyle workshops and/or supported exercise programmes.

“The new referral service is all about encouraging and supporting people to make small, achievable changes to their daily habits that will set them on the road to reaching and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, along with all the long term benefits that brings,” said Dr Vicky Pleydell, Clinical Chief Officer for NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group

Lifestyle Officer, Lesley Williams, can be contacted on 01748 901044 or for further information.

Photo: GP Mark Hodgson from Aldbrough St John who is supporting the scheme is pictured with Lesley Williams, Lifestyles Officer and North Yorkshire County Councillor, Don Mackenzie, executive member for public health

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