DIETITIAN Gaynor Bussell and Dietetic Assistant Practitioner, Sarah Marks have spoken about about the weight management service in Cardigan Hospital and how it helps people in Ceredigion. “Our weight management service is relatively new to Ceredigion and is not just an ordinary weight loss service! We use a form of behaviour change called ‘motivational interviewing’; a patient-centred counselling style aiming to encourage people to change their behaviour by helping them with their motivation and supporting them to consider their own personal reasons to change.
“This specialist service involves weekly one-to-one clinics in Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Aberaeron and Tregaron, with specialist weight management groups soon to follow. These clinics and groups are organised by us and run alongside the ‘Foodwise for Life’ groups. “Typically people are referred to the service if their weight has increased above a healthy level, but also if they have either a musculo-skeletal problem, such as arthritis, or another health issue which is aggravated by carrying the extra pounds. They can be referred by their GPs, practice nurses or from other clinical services in the area. “The great thing is, as the individual’s weight reduces, their symptoms, such as knee pain, improve. In some cases joints can improve so much there is no need for them to go on and have operations.
Gaynor explains: “I have a lot of experience in dietetics and particularly in weight management. I was attracted to this job because of the behaviour change approach which revolutionises the way we work with individuals and groups. Our clients value the service and as a Dietitian it does not feel like we are forcing them to lose weight, but rather standing alongside them as they progress through their weight loss journey.” “Our forward thinking weight management service is part of an initiative run by the Dietetics Department of Hywel Dda University Health Board, with an identical service being delivered in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.“ ‘ Foodwise for Life’ is an eight week structured programme for groups and is designed for people who would like to reduce their weight. The sessions provide basic nutritional knowledge to enable patients to make informed choices about their eating habits to aid weight loss. ” Sarah added: “Foodwise for Life’ is a very successful programme. Everyone who attends makes positive changes to their diet in a way that suits them. It’s also a great way to be part of a like-minded group of people and to improve our knowledge on healthy eating and dispel some common myths. We usually have fun too, the groups are always really lovely! “
Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais
VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.
Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.
Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”
RSPCA aim for Christmas number one
MUSIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.
The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ’Stars’ in aid of the RSPCA.
‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over two million views online across a variety of platforms.
The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.
Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.
RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.
“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”
You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online
Charity games raise over £2000
NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.
Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.
The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.
Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.
Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.
In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.
Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.
Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.
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