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Behaviour changes for a healthier lifestyle

Despite the lockdown, the Solihull Lifestyle Service is still very much up and running. Our team is continuing to support people from across the borough and to provide all levels of support, whether that’s over the phone or via video calls.

Lifestyle support for Solihull clients is based on behaviour change, and that’s because it’s the best way to help people make sustainable, lifelong changes that they can manage themselves. For example, although most people are referred because they want to lose weight, it’s often not as simple as “eat less, exercise more”. Habits can be really tough to break.

But our team are experts at helping people to re-think their habits and overcome negative thinking.

Meet Kavita

Kavita, on the right, is our Senior Behaviour Change Advisor.

Kavita (on the right in the picture) is our Senior Behaviour Change Advisor.

With a Masters (soon to be Doctorate) in Health Psychology, she supports the clients who need a little extra help to tackle lifestyle changes and to start living a happier, healthier life.

One of the people Kavita is supporting at the moment is Nina (not her real name), who was referred by her GP. Read on to find out how Behaviour Change support is about so much more than weight management – and how Nina is learning to make changes that will last a lifetime.

Nina’s story*

After trying to lose weight herself more than five times in the last year, Nina* – who is in her 20s – was struggling to know what to do next. After speaking to her doctor about it, he suggested the Solihull Lifestyle Service.

When he referred her to us, Nina’s GP told us that his main concerns for Nina were her low physical activity and low feelings of wellbeing and mood. But he also pointed out that her BMI was also at 26, which put her in the “overweight” category, and she has a high risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, since both of these run in her family.

We assigned Nina to our Senior Behaviour Change Adviser, Kavita, and they met for a one-to-one session so Kavita could assess the key problems she was experiencing.

Negative feelings

It was clear Nina was struggling to manage her weight and wanted some support to change this, but they also talked about her lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. Nina explained how she has experienced these negative feelings about herself from a young age and now, as an adult, they were holding her back from doing what she really wants to do. Although she was feeling very motivated to lose weight and take more exercise – not least because she was getting married soon – she was struggling to actually make the changes.

Kavita wanted to help her get to the bottom of things.

One of the main things that came across in their first meeting was the way that Nina’s work as a nurse often cause her to experience bouts of anxiety and low mood. Together, Kavita and Nina decided to focus on this first, as this was causing her the most distress, with her mood and self-esteem lowered almost daily. Although she lives with her partner, Nina didn’t feel she could talk to him about what she was experiencing, and she has no family in the UK, so chances to talk about her feelings were rare.

Kavita gave Nina a Thoughts and Feelings diary with the instruction to complete this only when she was engaging in negative behaviours – whether or not these were related to diet and activity. The idea was that this should start to increase Nina’s awareness of what she was thinking and feeling every day, especially at work, and the impact this may have been having on her mood and self-esteem.

Breaking down the problems

Nina and Kavita have now had six sessions together and during every session, Nina tells Kavita about any new or emerging negative thoughts. Together, they break down the problem and discuss possible solutions, techniques or strategies that could help to minimise or overcome the problem, both in the short and long term.

Right now, the support sessions are having to be held over the phone, but it’s working well and Nina is keen to continue. She’s still writing in the Thoughts and Feelings diary, and finds that identifying and expressing her anxieties with work this way is helping her. Kavita helps her to identify the negative beliefs she has around a situation then, together, they challenge these and talk about replacing the anxiety with a positive prediction. “What if…?”

Nina tells Kavita she’s already feeling better and more positive, day to day. By trying to minimise the negative anxieties at work, which are influencing her general mood, it is hoped that Nina’s overall quality of life will improve, and she will find it easier to make the broader lifestyle changes she really wants to make.

How to refer into the service

The Solihull Lifestyle Service offers a range of tailored health and wellbeing advice and support to help people make positive lifestyle changes. Despite the lockdown, we are continuing to support people from across the borough and to provide all levels of support, whether that’s over the phone or via video calls.

If you live in Solihull, or have a Solihull GP, call 0800 599 9880 and ask about signing up — or complete an online referral form.

*Nina’s name has been changed

Free health checks at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre – all this week

Advisers from the Solihull Lifestyle Service are offering FREE health checks and advice at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre all this week.

The team will be on the first floor, at the top of the escalator near Asda, until Sunday 19th Jan. They can offer all sorts of health and wellbeing advice, including blood pressure checks, BMI checks, advice for people who want to cut down on drinking and smoking, healthy eating tips and information about physical activity, including contact information for exercise groups and other activity sessions in the area.

Where?

First Floor, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre (top of the escalator, opposite Solihull Connect)

When?

Monday 13th January 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 14th January 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 15th January 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 16th January 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 17th January 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 18th January 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 19th January 10.00am – 4.00pm

The Community Wellbeing Advisers will also be registering people for the Solihull Lifestyle Service, which offers ongoing one-to-one support for all your health and wellbeing needs, including help to stop smoking. To register, you must live in Solihull or have a Solihull GP, but the service is completely free and you’ll get a personalised action plan to help you work towards your goals.

Workplace Wellbeing Workshops: places available

Having employees who suffer from poor mental and physical health isn’t just bad for them – it can be bad for your business. Low wellbeing levels in the workplace can affect staff turnover, productivity and motivation.

That’s why we’ve put together a range Workplace Wellbeing Workshops, designed specifically for employees to improve their health and wellbeing at work.

Places are now available for a series of Workshops we’ll be running in June at our Edgbaston training rooms.

Gateway Health and Wellbeing Facilitator Daniela teaches meditation techniques
Gateway Health and Wellbeing Facilitator Daniela teaches meditation techniques

Choose from Resilience, Stress Management, Mindfulness and Healthy Lifestyles – and take advantage of a soothing 20% discount if you book all four!

Wednesday 12th June 2019
10.00–11.00 Resilience
11.15–12.15 Stress Management
13.00–14.00 Healthy Lifestyles
14.15–15.15 Mindfulness

Location: Gateway, 75 Harborne Road, Edgbaston
12 places available on each workshop

£25 per person per workshop, or £80 per person for the whole day*
Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book.

The four workshops, designed and delivered by Gateway’s health and wellbeing specialists, teach employees a range of basic wellbeing practices. Your staff will learn how to make small, preventative health changes that could have a big impact on working life.

During each bitesize session, we’ll get staff engaged in some fun and inspiring activities designed to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace. Using tried and tested behaviour change techniques, your employees will gain knowledge and skills that should help them to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Read what others have to say

Some comments from previous participants about workplace wellbeing courses from Gateway:

“The tutor was really organised and set the work to a good pace.”
— course participant, 2019

“I learnt a lot on the course and I can use this in my workplace.”
— course participant, 2019

Tailored support

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If you can’t make this date but you’d like to talk about other ways to support your employees’ wellbeing, give us a call. Gateway’s qualified, experienced health facilitators offer structured support around healthy eating, physical activity and exercise, smoking and alcohol intake, and stress management and we can tailor our range of workforce wellbeing packages for your needs.

Whether your staff need individual one-to-one support, group sessions or team workshops, there’s something for every workplace. How about a lunchtime health check, including on-the-spot blood pressure and BMI checks?

Or even a fun health day where staff get to compete in a Smoothie Bike Challenge?

Call now on 0121 456 7820 to find out more.

RSPH Level 2 courses: places still available

Thinking about learning how to support people with their health and wellbeing? Places are still available on our RSPH-accredited courses in Understanding Health Improvement, Encouraging a Healthy Weight and Healthy Eating and Understanding Behaviour Change later this month. For more information, call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 today.

*All prices are excluding VAT

Spring training dates: RSPH courses in April and May

We’ve just released new course dates for RSPH Level 2 courses in Understanding Health Improvement, Encouraging a Healthy Weight and Healthy Eating and Understanding Behaviour Change.

RSPH logoThese short courses are suitable for wellbeing officers, health champions, community workers, health advisors, pharmacy assistants, volunteers, and anyone else who is interested in improving the health and wellbeing of people in their workplace or local community.

What’s more, we now have places available for a series of Workplace Wellbeing Workshops we’ll be running in June. Choose from Resilience, Stress Management, Mindfulness and Healthy Lifestyles – and take advantage of a soothing 20% discount if you book all four!

Courses and booking information

RSPH Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement
Learn the principles of promoting health and wellbeing: how effective communication can support health messages and how behaviour change can improve an individual’s health and wellbeing. At the end of the course you will understand how best to direct people towards further practical support in their efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Monday 1st April and Monday 8th April 2019 (two day course)
Edgbaston
12 places available
£210* per person including qualification
Block booking discounts available (call for more information)

Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book

RSPH Level 2 Award in Encouraging a Healthy Weight and Healthy Eating
Increase your knowledge and understanding of why individuals may not be at a healthy weight, the effect this has on health, the principles of healthy eating, and how individuals can be helped and supported to achieve a healthy weight and eat healthily.

Wednesday 24th April 2019 (one day course)
Edgbaston
12 places available
£120* per person including qualification
Block booking discounts available (call for more information)

Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book

RSPH Level 2 Award in Supporting Behaviour Change (Health and Wellbeing)
This qualification provides learners with the knowledge, confidence and skills to support individuals who are thinking of making a health behaviour change. Learn how to work with individuals to increase their motivation to make a behaviour change and explore the factors that hinder and facilitate that change.

Wednesday 8th May and Wednesday 15th May 2019 (two day course)
Edgbaston
12 places available
£210* per person including qualification
Block booking discounts available (call for more information)

Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book

Workplace Wellbeing Workshops

Educating and supporting staff to actively manage their wellbeing has been shown to reduce absences and sickness levels, and to improve staff retention, motivation and productivity. These workshops, led by Gateway’s experienced health professionals, teach employees some basic wellbeing practices and show them how to make small, preventative health changes that could have a big impact on their working life.

10.00–11.00 Resilience
11.15–12.15 Stress Management
13.00–14.00 Healthy Lifestyles
14.15–15.15 Mindfulness

Wednesday 12th June
Edgbaston
12 places available on each workshop
£25 per person per workshop, or £80 per person for the whole day*

Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book

*All prices are excluding VAT

Sign up to our Workplace Wellbeing newsletter

Want to be the first to hear about workplace health events and new course dates, as well as other advice and tips to support employees in the workplace? Sign up to the Gateway Workplace Wellbeing email newsletter today.

Health and wellbeing qualifications: new course dates announced

Limited places are now available for RSPH-accredited supporting smoking cessation, understanding health improvement and supporting behaviour change courses in Birmingham in the new year.

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to gain a health and wellbeing qualification (or to support your staff to do so), then this is for you. These short courses are suitable for wellbeing officers, health champions, community workers, health advisors, pharmacy assistants, volunteers, and anyone else who is interested in improving the health and wellbeing of people in their workplace or local community.

Course attendees will learn how to motivate and encourage others to make positive lifestyle choices, and gain a nationally recognised, accredited health and wellbeing qualification.

Courses and booking information

RSPH Level 2 Award in Supporting Smoking Cessation
Did you know that smokers are up to four times more likely to successfully quit with specialist support? This qualification is for people who are interested in helping others to develop a healthier lifestyle by stopping smoking. You will increase your knowledge and understanding of why people smoke, the personal and social consequences of this and how you can help and support people to stop smoking.

Wednesday 30th January 2019
Edgbaston
12 places available
£110 per person including qualification
Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book

RSPH Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement
Learn the principles of promoting health and wellbeing: how effective communication can support health messages and how behaviour change can improve an individual’s health and wellbeing. At the end of the course you will understand how best to direct people towards further practical support in their efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle. This is a one day course with a multiple choice exam at the end.

Thursday 31st January 2019
Edgbaston
12 places available
£110 per person including qualification
Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book

RSPH Level 2 Award in Supporting Behaviour Change (Health and Wellbeing)
This qualification provides learners with the knowledge, confidence and skills to support individuals who are thinking of making a health behaviour change. Learn how to work with individuals to increase their motivation to make a behaviour change and explore the factors that hinder and facilitate that change.

Thursday 28th February and Thursday 7th March 2019 (two day course)
Edgbaston
12 places available
£210 per person including qualification
Call Jemma on 0121 456 7820 to book

Sign up to our Workplace Wellbeing newsletter

Want to be the first to hear about workplace health events and new course dates, as well as other advice and tips to support employees in the workplace? Sign up to the Gateway Workplace Wellbeing email newsletter today.

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Worried about staff productivity dipping in the winter months?

We know it can be hard to keep people motivated, especially after the Christmas break. That’s why we’ve come up with a range of tailored Workplace Wellbeing programmes that might just be able to help. Together, we’ll beat the winter blues!

Gateway Health and Wellbeing teamOur qualified, specialised Health and Wellbeing Advisers have been working with people in the community for over a decade, and now we’re sharing that experience with employers.

For years, we’ve seen how better health and wellbeing leads to better resilience and confidence, which in turn helps people at work.

Statistics show that better workplace wellbeing can reduce absence and sickness levels, reduce risk before illness occurs, and improve staff retention and motivation.

smoothie bikeWorkplaces can choose from a range of health and wellbeing checks, sessions, activities and workshops.

You might like to start off with a light-hearted Health Taster Day, offering lots of fun activities over a day for people to pop in and try (including the famous Smoothie Bike)!

Or you may have an issue in mind that you’d like to address with your workforce, and be looking for something more structured – like our Preparing to Quit Smoking course.

Give us a call today and we’ll work with you to get to know your needs, and put together the perfect programme to help your staff. All our Workplace Wellbeing sessions are designed to create healthier, happier teams.

This winter, let’s stop the productivity slump before it happens!

For more information, or to book a visit, give our Workplace Wellbeing Manager Jemma a ring on 0121 456 7820.