“I would definitely recommend the Life! program. You get out as much as you put in. It’s a great thing.”

PaulWhen Paul started attending the Life! program with his wife Rhonda, he didn’t see himself as being in urgent need of taking action. “I didn’t consider myself to be unhealthy – I was an athlete when I was younger, which gave me a good foundation of fitness, and I’ve never been obese; but I did have high cholesterol and I wanted to gather as much useful information as I could, so I went along to the group with an open mind.”

One of the main attractions of the Life! program group was its accessibility. “It was very helpful that the group was scheduled outside working hours. That made it much more accessible for me.

“As I said, what I wanted was information and I certainly learnt a lot on the Life! program. I’d never been a man who ate breakfast, but when I learnt on the program that doing so makes it easier to lose weight, I started to. I also have a more sensible meal in the evening now, rather than the rather large one that I’d gotten used to. Learning how to read food labels and packets was an eye-opener, especially with regard to how much salt there is in food. My wife and I certainly make healthier purchases these days.

“I also learnt a lot about type 2 diabetes itself, which was definitely food for thought. Finding out about the reality of it really makes you want to avoid getting it.”

Paul appreciated the fact that there was no prescriptive element to the program and that participants were free to set their own targets in an unpressurised environment. “I didn’t want to be told what to do, and thankfully there was none of that. I would say that I’ve modified my lifestyle as a result of attending the Life! program. I haven’t done anything drastic. I didn’t go mad – that wasn’t my intention – but I’ve made healthy adjustments. I’m doing everything in moderation, and everything I learnt on the program is good, positive useful stuff.

“I would definitely recommend the Life! program. You get out as much as you put in. It’s a great thing.”