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This year, why not enjoy a day out at a National Gardens Scheme garden - you'll be helping fund the QNI too!
Providing vital funding for projects that help improve patient care.
Visit our nursing heritage website, a celebration of District Nursing around the world since 1859.
Community nurses have a major role to play in helping people to lead healthy lifestyles. The QNI helps those nurses with our project funding.
Kay Kane, a district nurse manager from Northern Ireland, pioneered a project there to help people lose weight, become more active, and cut down on their alcohol intake. Below she describes one patient's journey.
'Joe' is a 54 year old local councillor who in his own words is ‘busy all day, every day’. He was seen in September at a Health event in the local community centre, and found to be overweight at 114 kgs (18 stone), and had high blood pressure (162/90). ‘I would always rather jump in the car than walk anywhere.’
He was interested in losing weight and getting more exercise, so it was recommended that he try the Healthwise programme. He had previously been able to give up smoking, and was motivated to change. His alcohol intake however was about 30 units a week, concentrated over just 2 nights.
Six months later, Joe worked through the 12 week Healthwise programme after delaying the start because of a family wedding and holiday arrangements. ‘I got my mate to go to his Doctor and get signed up for Healthwise too, so we are training partners now at the Leisure Centre three times a week, and we really enjoy it.’ He has lost nearly a stone in weight, and has cut his drinking down to around 12 units per week. There has been only a slight improvement in his blood pressure so far, but Joe’s increased health awareness is encouraging him to make further lifestyle changes.
For more information about living a healthy lifestyle go to: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx