Join Healthy Way for help to live a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight. Healthy Way is a free 12-week course.
Each week you'll learn simple healthy habits that you can use anywhere and will last a lifetime.
Our friendly instructors will show you how to eat a balanced diet and find easy ways to fit activity into your everyday routines.
We will help you to make small, manageable changes that will make a big difference to your health and wellbeing.
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Introduction to Healthy Way
You'll get a pedometer and we'll discuss gently increasing your daily steps and individual targets. Having some personal goals can really help towards success.
The pedometer is a big motivator!
Eating a balanced diet using the Eatwell Guide
We'll look at the Eatwell Guide. We'll also consider how to balance different food groups, make simple food swaps and give you some really handy tips to curb snacking.
It helped me understand the food groups more clearly. Especially the different sugars. I understand that although fruit is good for me, a fist-sized portion is enough!
Kick-start! Being active day-to-day
Find out about Medway health walks – gentle, social walks in the great outdoors led by trained volunteers – and other free activities. Guided walks lasting from 10-60 minutes.
Since I’ve been walking my digestive problems have gone. I walk a friends dog every day now.
All about food. Find out about fats, oils, sugars and salt
This week's session will look at portion sizes, fats, oils, sugars and menu planning.
I’ve learnt to moderate what I eat more. I can have jam, but just a little. This works for me, I’ve done really well.
You'll gain an understanding of what you can do to prevent your risk of diabetes.
The details about diabetes week were very good.
Behaviour change. How to make those small changes
Understand how making small changes can add up to a big difference to your health.
The behaviour of change week was very interesting - you contemplate and begin actions to make changes to behaviour. We set achievable goals - don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Stress management. How stress affects us and what we can do about it
You'll understand the different forms of stress, how it impacts the body, our health and how it affects diabetes risk. Plus get some helpful tips for managing stress.
The stress management was very interesting - especially the fight or flight bit. If you get stressed, you lay down sugars in your body.
Bone health. Keeping healthy as we age
Together we'll find out what foods and activities help to build strong bones that will last a lifetime.
We'll explore why it's important to keep our bones healthy.
Pre-prepared food. Understanding food labelling
This session breaks down how food is packaged to sometimes seem like a healthier option - an eye-opening session! Learn to read between the lines on food packaging and make more informed choices in the supermarket.
I really look at labels now. I look out for the red traffic light labels and buy less of these. I’ve also cut down on portion sizes. The course has been really helpful.
Understanding how our lifestyles and environment affect our health
We'll look at how products are sold to us by food manufacturers and supermarkets, such as promotions and advertisements. We'll also highlight how our environment can affect our health and wellbeing.
The obesogenic environment - I didn’t know how supermarkets place food; firms pay to put food on the end of aisles and at different heights to catch your eye.
Your health. Why blood pressure, cholesterol and getting a good night's sleep are so important
This week we take a look at the links between cholesterol, and heart disease.
We'll provide you with helpful tips and practical advice to help maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
A Better Medway
How to maintain progress
Advice, tips, tricks and common sense ways to enjoy the jolly season whilst avoiding over-indulging. Final discreet measurements and discussions about how you’ve found the course and plans going forwards.
It has been tremendously helpful. There’s nothing to lose, I recommend people come on the programme. It’s helped me to eat more fruit.