New-look Nina praises Be Well programme

A WEIGHT loss champion from Denton feels ‘healthier than ever’ after shedding more than three stones in a year.

Nina Phythian, who has a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, puts her new look down to thanks to support from Be Well Tameside.

“I feel 10 years younger,” said Nina. “People are starting to notice and say how well I look, which is a great confidence boost.

“Before, I didn’t realise how many calories I was consuming by having a few bottles of wine at the weekend or when I was socialising.

“I am more aware of the calories and sugar content in alcohol and the recommended 14 units maximum per week.

“I didn’t realise my portions were sometimes double the recommendation, especially with my carbohydrates.

“By switching to wholegrain carbohydrates instead of cutting them out, to cut down in order to lower my blood glucose levels (pre-diabetic) and increase my diet with healthy fats, nuts, seeds, oily fish and protein, has helped.”

Nina has shared her story to help highlight the new NHS Better Health campaign, supported by Tameside Council forming part of the government’s new obesity strategy to get the nation fit and healthy, protect themselves against Covid-19 and protect the NHS.

She said: “I used Be Well Tameside as I needed help, support and guidance to prevent the development of type two diabetes due to being diagnosed pre-diabetic and to reduce my cholesterol levels.

“I had no real understanding of the sugar content in a lot of the foods I was eating.

“I never seemed to lose any weight as I thought I was eating healthy.”

Understanding pre-diabetes and adopting a healthier lifestyle to help her blood glucose levels to be in normal range, has made a big impact on Nina.

She now understands how to identify the nutritional information on food labels and what to look for using the colour codes at a glance.

Nina now eats enough portions of protein and healthy fats in her daily meals, enabling good breaks during the day where her glucose and insulin gets a break to help lower her cholesterol.

She hasn’t looked back since. No longer in the pre-diabetic range, Nina’s BMI has reduced significantly.

She attends PureGym in Denton five days a week, doing a class or a session which has helped her physically and mentally.

“This is all down to the total support and encouragement I’ve received from Be Well Tameside.

“I will continue to make this a lifestyle change, losing weight and staying healthy. I feel 10 years younger.”

Councillor Eleanor Wills, executive member for adult social care and population health, said: “This is another fabulous story of someone who’s recognised the need to lose weight in order to have a healthier lifestyle.

“Nina is a true inspiration and proof that we can all improve our health and well-being with the right support.”

• If you live, work or have a GP in Tameside and would like support on how to lose weight get in touch with Be Well Tameside, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, on 0161 716 2000, email bewelltameside@nhs.net or visit the website www.penninecare.nhs.uk/bewelltameside

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