July 6, 2008

Doctor’s Health Plan Aims to Step Up Your Fitness

By Michael RibbeckBusiness editor

Ayoung doctor from Bristol has decided to combine her work with a love of walking to go into business for herself.

Dr Sarah Hill is a qualified GP and currently works for BUPA carrying out health screenings for the private health provider.

But the 34-year-old from the Henleaze area of the city has always had a love for the great outdoors and her hobbies include climbing and hill walking.

And she is now hoping that she can pass on some health tips to people and encourage them to improve their lifestyles through a new venture she has called Stride Out.

She said: "The Government has warned us that the country is facing an obesity epidemic and we need to do something to address that issue as a matter of urgency.

"In the modern world finding the time and space to become fit and healthy can be very difficult. We are surrounded by tempting, high- calorie, fatty foods, and staying healthy can be a real problem for people."

When people register with Sarah's company she will give them a thorough and personalised health check and then sit down and talk to them about what they can do to improve their lifestyle and habits.

The personal plan will include not only diet but exercise tips tailored to each individual.

The next stage for people is to take part in a series of structured walks in and around Bristol ranging from four to 10 miles. The walks are graded so people of all abilities and levels of fitness can take part and improve their fitness levels at the same time.

S arah is looking to help people who suffer from problems including high blood pressure, weight issues, diabetes, tiredness and even low self-esteem.

Dr Hill has over 10 years of experience working with people in the health field.

She said: "I want to help people make lifestyle changes to benefit both their physical and mental health.

"I am hoping this new concept will work because it offers a personalised approach, professional continuity and ongoing coaching and support.

"The first stage is a one-to-one consultation. After the consultation, you have the option of joining the group walks, which I personally lead.

"It is great to go out walking with my clients and it allows more time to tackle health issues, whilst being active together.

"My clients really benefit from the fun and social aspects of the programme. It can be life-changing."

For details of the venture, visit www.stride-out.co.uk

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