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Cardigan’s innovative weight management service

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Be FoodWise for Life

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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! “

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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