Guernsey health promotion offers one-to-one advice

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Guernsey people are being offered free one-to-one advice from health professionals to encourage healthy lifestyle changes.

The Health Promotion Unit has run a pilot scheme for three years using four qualified health trainers and for the roll out has an extra eight trainers.

They look at issues such as improving diet, losing weight, reducing alcohol intake and quitting smoking.

People are allowed four free sessions, each between 30 minutes and an hour.

Yvonne Le Page, unit manager, said: "The service has been very successful nationally at increasing levels of physical activity, increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables people eat and decreasing the amount of fried and fatty foods eaten."

Debbie Aldous, health trainer supervisor, said: "It's a wonderful experience to work with clients in such a tailored way, the client is able to explore their own personal reasons for not exercising or eating healthily and find their own solutions for making themselves more healthy."

Prior to the pilot the unit had only been able to offer group sessions, rather than one-to-one advice.

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