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  • Posted Apr 28, 2020

    Alex quit smoking for COVID

    By Matt Fisher

    Exeter University student Alex returned to his parents Dorset home when lockdown started. Three weeks later and he is a non-smoker. There’s never been a better time to quit smoking. No matter how long you’ve smoked, if you give up smoking you’ll reduce your risk of developing a range of diseases.

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  • Posted Jan 31, 2020

    Dave's story

    By Matt Fisher

    This programme was just the right springboard I needed. I’m in my late fifties with a desk job and I guess a few too unhealthy habits had set in.

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  • Posted Dec 5, 2019

    Nicola's story

    By Matt Fisher

    It happened when I was at home on my own, I just passed out. I didn't even think a stroke was on the cards for me! I ended up in hospital for five days.

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  • Posted Jun 17, 2019

    Lyn's Take Twelve Story

    By Matt Fisher

    "I've always had a problem with weight. I managed to lose four stone and drop some dress sizes nearly a decade ago through healthy eating and exercise. But then a relationship came to an end and I started over-eating and drinking again." Read her story.

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  • Posted Jun 12, 2019

    Lisa's stop-smoke story

    By Matt Fisher

    Lisa was ready to quit. She registered with us and shared her first post in Our LiveWell in February 2019. Apprehensive about the journey ahead, we celebrated her commitment to quit and supported her take her next steps. Here's her story.

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  • Posted Jun 12, 2019

    Jane's Take Twelve Story

    By Matt Fisher

    "I set my goal to complete 10,000 steps a day. I'd taken part in Beat the Street, saw Take Twelve and thought I'd give it a go! It's been the kick start for me to take care of my health."

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