People's Stories



Luis' Story

Luis first heard about Healthier You when his GP recommended it after a blood test showed his blood sugar levels were high.

“Because of my medical history, I wasn’t that surprised when I learned that I might be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

I’ve just turned 40 and I have two boys aged nine and 11, so I have to take care of myself. I want to be fit and healthy to look after them, and be around for a long time hopefully.

When we go to the course, we discuss things that motivate you. The changes we’re making are really sustainable.

It’s not about dieting and eating less, it’s about healthy alternatives and small lifestyle changes – lowering your salt, lowering your sugar… I really feel better! I really look forward to the programme – it’s local, the coach is very friendly and helpful, and the materials we are given are very easy to use and understand.

But my favourite thing is seeing what my weight is – I’ve lost seven kilos so far, which I’m really happy about.

Healthier You has definitely helped me to change my lifestyle on a long-term basis. It’s been a real eye-opener.”



Dorothy's Story

Dorothy was told about the Healthier You programme by her GP practice when a blood test showed that she was at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

“It was a surprise. You don’t think about these sorts of things, so it was quite a shock really.

Since I’ve started, I make sure I go out a lot because I’m wearing my pedometer and that makes me go a little bit more.

I’ve lost about one stone and ten pounds, and I’m feeling fine.

It’s nice to go and meet other people and know that they feel the same as you.

Lots of people think that diabetes only affects big people, but that’s not the case. You look at people and think ‘you shouldn’t have it’ – so it just goes to show.

I’m looking forward to going to the next session and seeing if my blood sugar has gone down.

I know for sure I will continue this lifestyle after the programme; it’s being frightened of what could happen that makes me carry on.”