York resident and film producer, Dave Thorp, aged 63, was 21 stone 12 pounds and diabetic and wanted to find some help and support to lose weight and feel healthier and happier.
City of York Council’s Health Trainer team helped over 600 York residents in its first year, but his story stood out in particular.
With the help of the team and their partners HealthWise at GLL and his own determination, Dave has so far lost over 5 stone in 6 months and with his healthy diet has reversed his diabetes!
“The results have revolutionised my life and my lifestyle”, said Dave. He particularly enjoys shopping for clothes now as he doesn’t struggle to find things that fit.
“Seeing significant results early encouraged me to continue. It’s never too late. I’m 63 but now I look, feel and behave a lot younger!
“I’m both overwhelmed and humbled by the personal attention I’ve been given by the NHS, the gym staff and the Health Trainers.”
Peter Roderick, Consultant for Public Health, said:
“I’d like to congratulate Dave on his amazing accomplishment. This is a truly remarkable story. To put your type 2 diabetes into remission is no easy thing to do and is life-changing.
“Until recently, we didn’t fully understand how some people’s type 2 diabetes can be put into remission by weight loss, if they have the right support.
“We also know that for any of us, living at a healthy weight has so many other benefits – it reduces your risk of heart disease, improves your respiratory health if you have a condition such as asthma, and is linked to improvements in mental health.
“Our Health Trainer team is the first port of call in the city to get you the help you need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.”
The skilled CYC Health Trainers can support residents with free confidential health and wellbeing one-to-one support and guidance on the following:
- healthy eating advice and weight management
- finding new ways to be more active
- quitting smoking
- reducing alcohol intake
- helping people find groups and activities to get back out in the community
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