Active individuals scenario: Melanie’s story

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In the past

Scene 1: Melanie struggles to stay healthy and active
Meet Melanie, she is 40 and a working mother. She leads a busy life looking after her two children and her elderly mother with her husband. She doesn’t feel like she has time to exercise and has started relying on ready meals to save time in the evening. She has smoked since she was at school.

Scene 2: Melanie’s health starts affecting her daily life
Melanie used to walk the 15 minutes to take her kids to school but her smoking has made her asthma worse and she finds it more difficult to breath. She has become overweight. She has tried diets but finds it hard to eat differently to the rest of the family and doesn’t have anyone to help keep her motivated.

Scene 3: Melanie’s health affects her children
Melanie’s children are five and eight years old, they are active at school but don’t get much time outdoors with their parents in the evenings or weekends.

Scene 4: As she gets older Melanie develops a number of serious health issues
With no help and support to change her habits, Melanie more overweight, continues smoking and eating unhealthily.

At 50 she is diagnosed with diabetes and obesity. She is a prescribed tablets and then insulin for her diabetes.  She spends a lot of time going back to the GP for assessments and repeat prescriptions.

She is not fit or well enough to be active with her family so they spend most of their time in front of the TV.


In the future

Scene 1: Melanie struggles to stay healthy and active
Meet Melanie, she is 40 and a working mother. She leads a busy life looking after her two children and her elderly mother with her husband. She doesn’t feel like she has time to exercise and has started relying on ready meals to save time in the evening. She has smoked since she was at school.

Scene 2: Melanie goes for a free Health check
Melanie sees a poster about free Health checks. She’s recently started having trouble with her breathing and is worried about her weight, she has heard about the growing risks of diabetes and wants to make sure she isn’t at risk. Her GP does a number of simple tests such as blood pressure, cholesterol and a sugar level assessment.

Scene 3: Melanie starts making changes
After talking through the results with her GP Melanie, decides to make changes to her lifestyle in order to stop her weight becoming a problem or developing serious heart conditions or diabetes.

Her GP refers her to a Community Health Trainer who can offer a free, confidential service to help support her to make lifestyle changes.

Scene 4: Melanie builds a plan with her local Community Health Trainer to start getting healthier
Melanie tells them she wants to quit smoking and to stop putting on weight. They talk through Melanie’s lifestyle to find out what is going wrong and make some realistic goals. They arrange a meeting with the ‘Quit smoking’ service, introduce her to a local, volunteer-run exercise group and direct her to a weight loss support organisation where she is given advice on how to cook quick, healthy and cheap meals.

Scene 5: With the support and encouragement in her community Melanie gets healthier and happier
The Health check motivated Melanie to start getting active before her lifestyle caused any serious health problems. With advice and encouragement from her Community health trainer and local community Melanie was able to stay healthy and active and give her children a healthy start in life.

She doesn’t need to rely on medicine to stay fit and healthy and is able to spend time being active outdoors with her family.

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