Getting fit with a helping hand from district council

Michelle EMN-150929-101325001
Michelle EMN-150929-101325001

A woman has lost more than a stone in just eight weeks after getting support from West Lindsey District Council.

Michelle Armistead, 35, was referred on to the council’s health trainer scheme by her GP for support.

Health trainer Nathan Wright has been meeting with her regularly and has put her on a fitness programme at the West Lindsey Leisure 

Michelle, who works in healthcare said she wanted to increase her fitness levels as she has a physical role at work.

She now attends the gym three times a week.

She said: “I feel much better for starting off on this path, it will help with my job and I’d highly recommend it to others for a positive change of lifestyle.”

Michelle has already lost just over a stone in eight weeks.

However, she has put her success down to subtle changes in lifestyle.

She said: “My eating habits haven’t changed that much, because it is the little changes that are making the difference.

“For example, if I was to eat cheese on toast with beans, I would cut out the butter to make it that much healthier.”

The health trainers sit down with individuals, listen to what you want to achieve and what your current habits are.

Nathan explained: “We assess what you are eating and suggest healthy alternatives as well as arranging with the gym to come up with a suitable exercise programme.

“So far, the results have been fantastic.

“It’s great encouraging people to get healthier.

“Most people have a goal, but for some just losing weight and feeling fitter can really have a positive effect.”

West Lindsey District Councillor Owen Bierley, chairman of the council’s prosperous communities committee, said: “Health of our residents is very important to the council.

“To see us linking with healthcare providers to make sure people have the knowledge and guidance to make a difference to their own health and wellbeing is fantastic.

“I commend Nathan’s work.

“I also wish him all the success on what should prove to be a worthy initiative for the district.”