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Feel healthier and happier this summer

Published Friday, 22 July 2022

The Health Trainer Team is helping residents to feel healthier and happier with free health and wellbeing support this summer.

Anyone aged 16 years and over can benefit from the service including support on how to quit smoking, help on healthy eating or weight management advice.

Skilled health trainers offer free confidential health and wellbeing one-to-one support and guidance on the following:

  • healthy eating advice and weight management
  • finding new ways to be more active
  • quitting smoking
  • reducing alcohol intake
  • helping people find groups and activities to get back out in the community

The service offers personalised, individual support and advice. Signing up is really simple.

Just visit our CYC Health Trainers page and complete the online referral form or find out more about this scheme. Alternatively, you can call telephone: 01904 553377 or email:

A qualified and skilled health trainer will then develop personal health plans either virtually, over the phone or face-to-face.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care at City of York Council, said:

If you’re not sure where to start, the Health Trainer service can really help to make a difference, so you feel better physically and emotionally.

“Our free health training service aims to help as many York residents as possible to consider making choices that will improve their health and wellbeing. Whether that be stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake or generally helping them to find groups or activities and get back into the community, there are plenty of ideas for everyone.

“We want to help you make positive lifestyle changes, and there is no better time to take the first steps.”

Residents have been sharing their experiences about the service, like Elizabeth below.

Elizabeth, from York, said:

I joined Health Trainers because I'd put on weight during the pandemic and was struggling to shift it. My biggest achievement has been feeling more active and confident about meal planning.

"Changes to my lifestyle include that I'm now more active and I also consider what I eat more – no more chocolate!"

Find more health stories online.

Visit iTravel York for lots of ideas and tips on ways to keep active, including cycling and walking routes and groups across the city.