Chris Sims is a valued member of our team and has been with us as a Health Improvement Practitioner for almost 2 years. He brings a wealth of experience having completed a Nutrition, Exercise and Health degree and is hugely passionate about public health and making a difference to the local community. He feels strongly about the inequity he sees in Plymouth and how where you live can have an effect on your health and life expectancy. Chris has great empathy with those he works with as he has experienced similar challenges growing up.
Chris is currently working on the Long-Term Conditions Project, a programme set up to support people who have just been diagnosed with a long-term condition, this is a partnership project set up by Marjons University and Livewell. The programme aims to support people to make lifestyle changes that will help them to live well with their condition and improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Chris explains that the project supports people with new diagnoses such as Type 2 diabetes, High Blood Pressure, COPD and a variety of other conditions.
For anyone taking part they can expect an initial 1-2-1 appointment with a practitioner, you may even get to speak with Chris for your 1-1! Then a 5 week group based programme either digital or face to face which includes sessions on physical activity, nutrition, sleep and stress. The support is informative, encouraging and non-judgemental.
There has been fantastic feedback from people who have previously attended. Some lost weight, increased their activity levels or were even able to reduce or stop taking certain medications (with support from their GP) due to the positive lifestyle changes they were able to make.
Due to Covid-19 some of the Long Term Conditions courses had to be postponed but Chris is looking forward to supporting people face to face again, with several courses starting in November, one face to face and two online courses.
Chris has some exciting plans ahead as he embarks on his next challenge of completing his Masters degree in Nutrition and Physical activity and will be bringing his knowledge and skills to support the people of Plymouth moving forward.
If you think you may be suitable for the Long Term Conditions project please contact your GP about organising a referral.