A pioneering health shop in Bridlington has helped more than 8,000 people discover a healthier lifestyle since opening its doors to the public a year ago.
The Health Trainer Shop, on Quay Road has celebrated its first anniversary on a high note after the latest NHS statisitics show that it has supported more than 1,500 Bridlington residents with individual one to one support and lifestyle intervention over the past 12 months.
And the shop, which was the first of its kind in the country, has provided more than 4,000 residents with information and lifestyle advice while the remainder have accessed free health checks and group activities.
Health service manager Natalie Belt said: “We could not have asked for a better first year, the Bridlington residents have shown that they are interested in their own health and the health of friends and family, and when given the chance and the information and support is freely available then help is taken.”
Thirty nine per cent of visitors to the Bridlington shop have been referred for help with emotional well-being linked to weight management, 23% for weight management, 14% for smoking, and 9% for drinking and reducing alcohol consumption.
In Bridlington alone last year the service helped residents shed more than 250 stone in weight, cut back on more than 20,000 cigarettes a year and reduce drinking by 6,000 units of alcohol which equates to 462 bottles of wine, saving over 1,000 preventable hospital admissions.
And the shop has proved so popular that another opened in Goole this week while there has been interest in doing the same in Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield.
Ms Belt, who has described the shop as a “one stop information point for all your health and wellbeing needs”, has also attracted national recognition for her efforts.
She was recently named as the NHS Community Leader of the Year at the national NHS Leadership Recognition Awards which were held at St Barts Hospital, London.
Ms Belt is keen to get the message across to the public that they can access free help and support to prevent being diagnosed with long term health conditions.
The shop has teamed up with all Bridlington based GPs to offer a free weight management prgramme, called ‘weight management club’ which starts this month.