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Neighbourhood Health Squad will help people stay healthy during lockdown and beyond

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Albion in the Community has launched a new initiative aimed at helping people in Brighton and Hove boost their physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown and beyond.

In the short-term, the charity’s Neighbourhood Health Squad is keen to help minimise the potential negative impacts of lockdown on people’s activity levels, diet, and mental health.

The long-term goal is to help local people make positive lifestyle changes which will improve their overall wellbeing.

Albion in the Community is offering free one-to-one support to anyone living in Brighton and Hove. The support will be tailored to their individual needs, but can include guidance and professional support in any of the following areas:

  • Getting more active.
  • Nutrition (including special diets, fussy eaters, and healthy snacks and meals).
  • Managing your weight.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Lowering your risk or helping control long-term health conditions.
  • General wellbeing support.

 

Funding has been provided from the Premier League and PFA Community Fund meaning the charity is able to provide on-going support free of charge, making it a fantastic opportunity for local people to benefit from free expert advice.

Anyone can access the support, but Albion in the Community is particularly keen to hear from families, people with long-term health conditions, or those with a BMI over 25.

During lockdown support will be offered online or in-person on a one-to-one basis and adhering to current government restrictions.

Families, colleagues, housemates, or local sports teams can also access the free online support in a group during lockdown, and then face-to-face in line with future restrictions once lockdown is lifted.

Support can also be adapted to suit all ages, making it perfect for families. It is also a great opportunity for sports teams currently unable to train together to replace training with a useful online group session.

Sue Brown, Albion in the Community’s health manager, was delighted to be able to offer this free support. They said: “When it comes to trying to improve our health, we can all struggle with motivation, time, or knowing what changes to make.

“Our Neighbourhood Health Squad is able to provide professional and expert advice on a wide range of subjects all free of charge and will tailor the support exactly to your needs, whether that be as an individual, a family, or a group.

“There has never been a more important time to make the small changes which we know will have a big impact on your overall health and I would encourage anyone who is keen to make those changes to get in touch.”

For more information on Albion in the Community’s Neighbourhood Health Squad, including how to get involved, call or text: 07880195516 or email: health@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

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