Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trainers Spreading the Healthy Living Message; the NHS Working Together in Northumberland

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trainers Spreading the Healthy Living Message; the NHS Working Together in Northumberland

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DOCK workers and prison workers in Northumberland are among the communities being encouraged to live healthy lifestyles through a series of special workshops.

Northumberland Care Trust is forging relationships with local people in traditionally harder to reach areas such as prisons and docks and supporting them in looking after their health.

Health trainers have visited these sites to work with employees on sessions including alcohol, diet, physical training, stress in the workplace and sexual health.

Prison officers attended wellbeing days at Castington and Acklington Prisons and were given health MoTs including cholesterol and blood pressure tests, body fat measuring, fitness tests on an exercise bike and tips to stay healthy.

Louise Hindmarsh, health trainer with Northumberland Care Trust said: "The prison officers are very enthusiastic and health-conscious and a good set of lads to work with. This is part of linking up with different members of the community to encourage people to eat healthily, take up exercise and stop smoking."

The trainers have also put up a display and leaflets at the visitor centres at both prisons to give people visiting their family and friends healthy living advice.

A health promotion forum is being set up to bring together health professionals such as health improvement practitioners and nurses with kitchen staff and prison workers to focus on the health of the prisoners and encourage healthy eating.

The health trainers are also supporting the Healthy People, Healthy Business initiative run by the care trust with local businesses to encourage health promotion activities in the workplace. Both prisons have completed the bronze, silver and gold levels and have reached the Continuing Excellence standard.

Meanwhile, more than 30 workers employed by Port of Blyth have taken part in a series of health workshops and had the opportunity to work with health trainers on a one-to-one basis to help improve their health. …

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