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Hoople supports healthy lifestyles initiative

Friday 15 June 2018 3.43pm

Hoople Training and Education has supported the Herefordshire Lifestyle Service to train nearly 200 learners to undertake a one day Royal Society for Public Health Level 2 ‘Understanding Health Improvement’ qualification and/or the City and Guilds Level 3 ‘Health Trainer’ programme.

Hoople’s greater involvement has been with regard to the Level 3 programme, which comprises a 6-8 week taught element and 72 hours of delivery and on-the-job learning. Luke Bennett, Manager for the Healthy Lifestyle service, co-delivered the taught element of the programme with Jim Hughston, Hoople’s Course Tutor and Jess Howdle from the Healthy Lifestyle Trainer Service. This classroom based training was complemented by ‘on the job’ visits to the learners by Jim Hughston, to assess progress and offer constructive feedback. 

The latest cohort of six Level 3 learners are shortly completing their programme. Jim Hughston says: “The training is really beneficial as it enables learners to work in their local communities, promoting the healthy lifestyle message. It aligns with the Government’s drive towards health promotion and prevention and ultimately aims to reduce pressure on the NHS.”

Odell Shannon, one of the learners in the current cohort, adds: “For me, the training has been beneficial because it allows you to solve problems, set goals and identify and remove barriers to following a healthy lifestyle.”

The Healthy Lifestyle service training costs have been supported by the Department for Transport Access Fund as part of an initiative to encourage more people to get active.

Previous attendees have progressed into careers in healthcare, including support and delivery of the National Diabetes Prevention programme and into Health Trainer opportunities within the Healthy Lifestyles team.  All 200 or so attendees have developed a greater ‘health literacy’ in terms of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. Luke Bennett says: “In undertaking the training, we are encouraging more people to take on the ‘health trainer’ role within their local communities, advising, signposting and supporting others to be healthier and to make better lifestyle choices.”