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The Benefits of Joining a Group Programme

Group health programmes can be an affordable way for you to address some health conditions, through a combination of learning, easy-to-implement recommendations, and support for the duration of the programme.

This support can be a powerful tool, as other participants may share similar experiences and challenges. It can be reassuring to realise that you are not alone. As your relationships within the group develop, trust and encouragement combine with a level of accountability, which can drive you forward.

Hopefully the group leader works to create a warm, caring and confidential environment, one where you can be heard, honest and valued. Humour where appropriate may also help you to see hope and lift your mood. The power of laughter!

Whilst a group programme may not give you personalised advice, the latest evidence-based general guidance and reminders of healthy practices can give you some direction, especially when the pace of the programme is well managed. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed. One tiny step at a time to build confidence, celebrate that success and keep gradually reaching towards that health goal.

A nurturing group will build you up, want you to succeed, encourage and motivate you. New connections might emerge that will last and support you after the programme comes to an end. A good leader will also provide or signpost quality resources, memorable techniques and helpful strategies to equip you long-term.

Convinced? Take a look at my seasonal group programmes for a nutritious nudge. Try some delicious home cooked foods that will boost your energy today and your long-term health beyond.