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Healthy lifestyle event feeds public interest in healthier diets

Members of the Trust's Health Promotion team at the event

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Over 150 local people attended a special event on healthy diets and healthier lifestyles on Thursday 27 February.

The event, held at York House in Twickenham, featured a health fair and a presentation from Public Health Consultant, Anna Raleigh and Public Health Lead, Pippa Burge.

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust supports and helps people to live healthier lifestyles.

People attending the event had the opportunity to find out more about the free services the Trust runs, including LiveWell Richmond, Weigh2Lose, stopping smoking and healthy walks. There was also a free mini health check for attendees.

The Trust's Medical Director Dr Rosalind Ranson said: “It was great to see so many people at our event and I hope we have inspired local people to live healthier lifestyles.

Member of the public listen to the guest speakers at the healthy lifestyles event

“It’s important that people have access to the right information and support that can help them eat well and be healthier. This event was about showing people how they can make simple changes to their diet and lifestyle which can lead to significant improvements in their health.

“Staff from our health and wellbeing services were on hand at the event to showcase their work and I was impressed with the range of support and advice that is available for local people.”

Pedometer Challenge

The event also marked the launch of LiveWell Richmond’s Pedometer Challenge, which aims to encourage local people to walk more. People take about 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day, however walking 10,000 steps a day is an easy way to improve your health and builds stamina, burns excess calories and gives you a healthier heart.

The Pedometer Challenge is for four weeks, but walking more should be a lifetime goal. People are encouraged to aim for 4000 steps by the end of week one, 6000 steps by the end of week two, 8000 steps by the end of week three - and by the end of final week, participants should easily reach the target of 10,000 steps a day! 

Free fruit was available for attendees at the event

For more information on the challenge and to download your progress chart, please go to: www.live-well.org.uk/richmond or like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/#!/livewellrichmonduk

Find out more about our healthy lifestyle services

The Trust provides free support to people who want to lose weight, stop smoking and drink less alcohol. For more about the Trust’s services across Hounslow and Richmond information visit www.hrch.nhs.uk/healthandwellbeing

The ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthier Lifestyle’ presentation is available to download here.

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