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  • Posted Oct 21, 2022

    Smoking to Smoke-free

    By Ellen Finlay

    Stopping smoking can be challenging. But once you've beaten all the cravings, and you're feeling healthier and happier, and you remember how far you've come, that's when you know there's no going back. You've quit for good!

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  • Posted Jun 30, 2022

    My Couch To 5K

    By Sally Rowe

    Could someone unfit who has always hated running grow to love it - and actually run 5k? There's only one way to find out...

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  • Posted Feb 22, 2021

    Jasmin quit her life-long smoking habit

    By Polly Durrant

    Jasmin smoked from an early age, everyday was ruled by when she'd have her next cigarette. With the help of LiveWell coach, Julie, Jasmin realised how simple it was to quit for good.

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  • Posted Dec 16, 2020

    Jo's couch to 5k story

    By Matt Fisher

    Busy mum, Jo’s working-from-home life became more demanding during the coronavirus pandemic. Often spending 9-hours a day at her desk, she would struggle to clock up 1,000 steps on her Fitbit. The challenge of lockdown turned into an opportunity.

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  • Posted Oct 22, 2020

    Claire's story

    By Matt Fisher

    Claire's transformed her health during lockdown! She's lost weight, has started daily walks, quit smoking and has now started running too!

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  • Posted Sep 8, 2020

    How Emma quit smoking

    By Polly Durrant

    Emma was motivated to quit smoking, she just needed life to settle down first. Despite a series of personal challenges, Emma decided to take a leap of faith and commit to better health and better habits

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