Mary's story

Reducing medications and improving fitness

Mary* was struggling with cardiac issues, low self-esteem and difficulty sleeping and feeling generally run-down.  

What she wanted was to get fitter and get off sleeping tablets.

Through working with a coach, Mary developed the confidence to get a referral from her GP to a 20/20 fitness class and started working with a personal trainer who monitored her blood pressure and gave her guidance around suitable exercise. She also started working on doing what made her happy.

By the end of the five sessions, Mary had cut her sleeping tablets down from every night to only one tablet in the last week of the coaching; she was regularly going to the gym and generally feeling a lot more positive.

It doesn't matter if you don't know what you want or what could help you; a health coach will discuss your situation with you and help you decide what's important for you.


KYOH provide all the key components for the successful implementation of self-management support, including face-to-face health coaching, a comprehensive online coaching platform and all the training and supervision needed to establish a high quality supported self-management service.

*People have kindly agreed to share their stories but names (and other identifying details, where appropriate) have been changed for privacy purposes. Note to participants:  if you would like us to make an amendment to your story for privacy or accuracy purposes, please contact your coach via the relevant service. Photographs courtesy of John Birdsall Social Issues Picture Library.

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