Published Fri, 2011-01-07 11:53; updated 2 years ago.

People in Solihull are being urged to get ‘all aboard’ to help them make vital lifestyle changes in 2011.

Solihull NHS Care Trust has launched a new initiative to help the residents of Solihull to make a healthy change this year.

Smokers who want the year to be smoke-free will get a kick-start this New Year as the free YOU+ lifestyle bus travels the borough. It will visit 10 destinations, Saturday to Tuesday each week, from January until the end of March.

A healthcare assistant will also be on board the vehicle to complete health MOT’s (blood pressure, cholesterol and lung age checks) and advisors will be providing help on weight management and recording Body Mass Index.

Research shows that smokers are up to four times more likely to stop smoking successfully if they get support from their local NHS Stop Smoking Service, compared with relying on willpower alone.

Last year, more than 1400 smokers across Solihull successfully quit using local NHS services.

Residents who visit the mobile unit will receive free support to enable them to begin 2011 healthier and happier and the tools to help them as they continue to make changes in the future.

Alison Trout, Head of Healthy Lifestyles at Solihull NHS Care Trust, said: “Two years ago we ran a bus solely for stop smoking and saw 164 people. This year we want to help even more people in their local area to improve their health.

“By accessing the bus, people will be able to see and use the huge range of free NHS services available and find the right combination of support that will work for them.”

The bus will be at Smithswood Shopping Centre car park, Blythe Valley Business Park, Elmdon Business Park, Cranmore Business Park, Birmingham International Park, and the car park at the rear of the Mountfort pub in Kingshurst on Tuesdays, and at the Chester Arms pub and Dr Simons Surgery car park, both in Castle Bromwich, the free public car park in Stratford Road, Shirley, and the Hobs Meadow pub, Solihull, on Saturdays.

For more information please contact Rachel Hinsley 0800 015 8512.