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Changing your lifestyle to a healthier one IS possible, just see for yourself how these people have revamped their habits to feel happier and healthier than ever...


When Maureen’s doctor told her she was pre-diabetic, she was frightened into taking action. But it wasn’t until a chance conversation with LiveWell at an outpatient's clinic that her life really began to turn around...

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When Fern started wearing black baggy clothes to hide her weight instead of her much-adored bright, quirky dresses, she felt like her cheery personality was being hidden too - and knew it was time to change...

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Nick managed to kick a 45-year smoking habit in just one day thanks to a free place on an Allen Carr Easyway Seminar. Now he’s swapped a bad habit for a good one – practising his German!

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Tim went from drinking a couple of glasses to a couple of bottles of wine a night after health issues turned his life upside down. A chance encounter with LiveWell made him rethink his drinking and change his relationship with alcohol

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Stacey managed to quit smoking for more than 20 years but then fell back into the habit when life took a stressful turn. Now he is using vaping to help him through the transition back to non-smoker

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Retired nurse Gina tried to stop smoking many times over the past forty years and failed. But now, with LiveWell’s help, she is finally smoke free. Gina says never give up on giving up, because with the right support, you really can quit for good...

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Hannah from Poole had spent half her life smoking rollies. 'Why am I doing this to myself?' she asked herself. LiveWell Coach Steve talked her through each step to becoming smoke-free. "Smoking is behind me now!"

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A health scare during a friend's 50th birthday party prompted Paul to take control of his health. Years of smoking, alcohol and inactivity had caught up with him. Fast-forward six months and he's taken control of his healthy living.

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“My anxiety was through the roof, I was barely able to leave the house. If you'd said “salad” or “exercise” to me I'd have said “No way!” I was in denial - I didn't realise how unhealthy my lifestyle was. I was very overweight and terribly anxious."

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Weymouth resident Julia was browsing the LiveWell Finder when something jumped out at her! "I loved netball at school! ... Fast forward and I'd never really found a physical activity that would fit into my schedule"

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Martin's first warning sign was his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The second was his diagnosis of Vasculitis (GPA). Read how he's taken steps to manage his conditions and improve his health.

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Ivan got in touch with us in August 2017. He'd received a text inviting him to attend an NHS Health Check at his local surgery. The nurse highlighted the importance of him losing some weight and reducing his blood pressure. She passed him our contact card, but he didn't have high hopes of it achieving anything. He tried us out anyhow and didn't regret it!

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Poole-based Grandma Jilly was in denial and ignored her GP's warning about pre-diabetes. The inevitable type two diabetes diagnosis was the kick start she needed. She's lost 6.5 stone and 8 inches from my waist in just under a year.

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Lynette started smoking when she was 16-years-old, joining her mum Maureen who also smoked. They contacted us in 2017 for help to lose weight. We also talked to them about their smoking, and earlier this year they were inspired to kick the habit of a lifetime.

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In January 2017 whilst spending time with his 13-month old grandson, Bernie realised it was time to change. At a weight of 19 stone, with high blood pressure and borderline diabetes, Bernie decided to lose weight, stop drinking alcohol and get healthy. At the age of 55, Bernie now weighs 13 stone 13lbs, his previous 52-inch waist is now 38 inches, he drinks no alcohol and says he feels great.

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Mick has tried several different diets with little success, which made him lose enthusiasm for weight loss. He has found his Slimming World group to be great socially and he has made new friends who understand his weight loss journey. He enjoys the food options available at Slimming World which allows healthy full meals which also contribute to weight loss. His wife, Beverly, has also started Slimming World via a referral from LiveWell Dorset and has so far lost one and a half stone.

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After recovering from cancer, Owen was diagnosed with diabetes. Weighing 18 stone, he struggled to walk up hills, often becoming out of breath and having to stop. "My clothes are too big and I have had to buy new ones!"

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How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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