Health Idol launches at Norfolk Hospital
Yesterday, Health Idol officially launched its 4 week programme at the Huntercombe Hospital in Norwich. The course will cover all aspects of nutrition, lifestyle and wellbeing for patients as part of their rehabilitation.
Posted November 14th 2013
Health Idol has delivered comprehensive training to six hospital staff and all have now completed NVQ level 2 training in Fitness Instruction, and exercises and workshops in Nutrition and Wellbeing. Staff can teach patients to lose weight safely and effectively whilst maintaining their long term health and wellbeing.
Natasha Gant, Director of Health Idol and ambassador for the Jamie Oliver Foundation will also help to set up Jamie’s cooking skills programme so that patients can achieve a Level 1 BTEC in healthy cooking. In addition, Health Idol will continue to work alongside the team to enhance the current hospital activity to include power walks, outdoor activity and one-to-one fitness programming. An affiliation with a local college will support the initiative as it helps to set up Jamie’s Cooking skills programme.
Health Idol applies a holistic approach, encouraging patients to take control of all aspects of their life. The programme has been successful in other hospitals as patients achieve their weight loss goals and see their self-esteem increase.
Neil West, Hospital Manager for Huntercombe Norwich, commented: “The launch of Health Idol marks our commitment to providing our patients with programmes that will aid their recovery and rehabilitation so that they can work towards social integration. We are also dedicated to ensuring that our staff receive additional training to help them in their roles and our newly-qualified fitness coaches are looking forward to applying their new skills and knowledge to support our patients.”
The Huntercombe Hospital Norwich provides specialised services for children and adolescents as well as adults with mental health disorders within separate, segregated areas of the site. Positive engagement, respect and encouragement are fundamental aspects of the care provided. The core aim is to promote recovery and rehabilitation where patients can enjoy a fuller quality of life and progress to less restrictive environments.