Live Well Suffolk services draw to a close

Stephen Spencer, pictured at a local Park Run with Live Well Suffolks community health coach, Terry Dowding, is one of Live Well Suffolks biggest success stories.
Stephen Spencer, pictured at a local Park Run with Live Well Suffolks community health coach, Terry Dowding, is one of Live Well Suffolks biggest success stories.
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Live Well Suffolk, the county’s free healthy lifestyle service, will stop running services in Bury St Edmunds and across Suffolk on March 31.

The organisation, which is provided by Thrive Tribe, has been promoting public health for five years and has helped hundreds of people in Bury to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Across the county Live Well Suffolk has supported more than 21,000 residents to quit smoking, lose weight, eat a healthier diet and become more active, saving the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Tim Roberts, managing director of Thrive Tribe, said: “We have had a tremendous five years operating in Suffolk. In this time we have built up a fantastic team who have been dedicated to helping residents across the county turn their lives around and take steps towards a healthier future. The feedback we have received from people who have used our services, and the partners we work with, has been fantastic year after year.”

Stephen Spencer, 60, from Bury, is one of Live Well Suffolk’s biggest success stories after joining one of its weight management programmes in late 2014.

He said: “The 12-week course encouraged me to examine different aspects of my life. It included the usual things like eating and exercise, but also areas like sleep and screen time.

“The combination of regulating what I was eating and increasing my physical activity meant that the weight just fell off. I’m now over 35kg lighter and more likely to be seen at the leisure centre than in the pub!”

Suffolk County Council has commissioned a new, different healthy lifestyle service which will be available across the county from April 1.