Dr Wayne Hurlow, GP at Wakefield Health Centre, has a new tool in his medical bag that he hopes will benefit not only his patients but others in the Tasman/Nelson region as well.

He is a facilitator for the Complete Health Improvement Programme (CHIP), a research-based programme aimed at people with illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or renal disease. CHIP is a community-based intervention programme that helps participants make lifestyle changes towards better health.

This is achieved by dealing with the underlying problems and by providing education, support and motivation.

“There are no side-effects and it’s affordable. The knock-on effect is the whole family often adopts the changes as well,” says Dr Wayne Hurlow.

“The participates meets in groups to encourage and motivate each other, and we help them build a vision of their end goal.”

Dean Wilson, 53, has signed up already. He doesn’t drink or smoke but is stuck in a cycle of unhealthy eating. He hopes to regain control and stop making poor decisions when it comes to food.

“I weighed myself recently and it gave me a shock, “says Dean, “Right now food controls me, and I want to learn to eat the right food and look and feel better about myself.”

The programme will start in February with several information sessions: 9th, 4pm, at NMIT, 61 Nile Street, 10th 7pm Greenmeadows, Stoke, 13th, 7pm, Holy Trinity Hall.

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