Weight-loss staff prove ‘You can with Stephan!’

Staff at Provident Insurance, Halifax House, Ferguson Street, Halifax who have lost weight with NHS health improvement service
Staff at Provident Insurance, Halifax House, Ferguson Street, Halifax who have lost weight with NHS health improvement service

A GROUP of colleagues at a Halifax insurance company have been shaping up their figures through an NHS healthy weight programme.

Provident Insurance employee Stephan Chavrimootoo signed up to become a workplace health champion through a course run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

He was trained up by NHS staff and set up his own healthy lifestyle course called ‘You can with Stephan’ – which attracted 38 staff members.

Six managed to lose between four and nine percent of their starting weight – and the group lost a total of 54.8kg and 41cms around the waist.

Also, 80 per cent of the group said they are now eating more healthily and 59 per cent said they are more active since the sessions.

Stephan said: “I already had a strong interest in healthy lifestyles, so this has been a chance to build on my existing knowledge.

“I have gained great enjoyment being able to help influence and change people’s lifestyles in a way that will hopefully help them continue to make healthy choices to live well and feel good.

“Seeing the staff smile and showing enthusiasm towards our wellbeing activities has been really rewarding.”

Health improvement practitioner Nicola Webster, who trained Stephan, said: “We were thrilled to be able to help Stephan to deliver health lifestyle advice to his colleagues.

“He was able to share this knowledge at work and the results are great to see.”

The trust’s health improvement service supports businesses to encourage employees to look after their health.

To find out more about the workplace health programme contact Nicola Webster on 01422 281562.