"Healthy Routes Partnership Hull"

About: City Health Care Partnership CIC / Active Lifestyles Service City Health Care Partnership CIC / Stop Smoking Service City Health Care Partnership CIC / Why Weight? North Yorkshire and Humber

(as the patient),

I was a physical and mental mess 6 months ago when I went to see my local GP. I was grossly overweight, smoking upwards of 60 cigs a day, unemployed and recently separated. My GP suggested the Healthy Routes program would help me out. It was the best piece of advice I've had in years, in the 6 months I've been on the course I have become employed again, stopped smoking all together, lost 42 lbs through diet and exercise and begun to stabilize my personal life.

It is no exaggeration to say that the team involved, from the stop smoking clinic, the guys and girls at Ennerdale Gym and Liz my dietitian, helped me save my life.

I've never been fitter, felt healthier and had such a positive outlook on life.

The people involved care immensely about you and are there to aid and help you become a better person again. The advice, especially from Liz re diet and lifestyle was vital to back up my attempts in the gym as each individual reacts differently.

The guys in the gym, Andy, Tony and Lucy, supported me throughout and still continue to do so, lending a willing ear and proffering advice re fitness schedule and routines as my fitness develops.

If, like I did, you think you'll find the gym intimidating then don't...it really is not like that. It is a true community gym and you are pretty much left alone to get on with it, or if you prefer, hand held through the sessions. I never felt like an outsider and was made very much welcome.

There is no constructive criticism I can offer, I found the whole experience totally positive and it has set me on a path that just 6 months ago seemed like a pipe dream, yet I sit here now determined to continue the hard work and remain focused on being healthy...the only downside is that I now only own 1 pair of jeans and 1 shirt which actually fits me! ! ! ! So save up some cash 'cos you'll need a whole new wardrobe....

Thanks again to everyone involved you changed my life for ever..

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