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Zoe Background

About Zoe – Life to the FULL

Zoe – Life to the Full is a trading name of Life Unleashed Ltd, a health and lifestyle coaching company based in Poole, Dorset. Zoe is run by Abigail Balachandran BSYA AHCP (Reg), a qualified Health and Lifestyle trainer and weight consultant, accredited by and registered with AHCP (Association of Holistic and Complimentary Practitioners).

Abigail Balachandran has had over 10 years experience in healthcare including Public Health and local hospital trusts, more recently at Poole hospital in oncology and dietetics. She left the NHS to pursue her passion to equip and motivate people to live healthier lives. As well as engaging with local parents through the Children’s Centre supporting them with weight loss and smoking cessation, Abbie also works with Bournemouth based charity IEAT, providing one-to-one support to those suffering with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.

Abbie’s practice is not purely from textbook but from experience of her own health challenges. The changes that she encourages are grounded in her own experience of implementing changes to positively impact health and fitness. This strengthens her empathetic approach to clients.

Zoe Life to the Full provides a health and lifestyle training service that is grounded on sound clinical evidence outlined by the Department of Health, World Health Organisation and British Psychological Society so there are no gimmicks or quick fixes.

The impact of lifestyle choices on long term health and feelings of well-being is well evidenced and documented so although little can be done to change genetics we can control what we expose our bodies to and what we put into them. The aim of Zoe’s health and lifestyle coaching is to provide people with insight and skills to be able to make sustainable changes that will lead to tangible and lasting results. Programmes are individually tailored and are designed to help you make the changes that are realistic and achievable for you and at a rate that is right for you.

Goals are discussed and agreed together and are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Focus is always on the positives and each session is used to build your confidence. Most people can see clearly the importance of making changes but lack confidence so our sessions focus on building confidence in your ability and encouraging you to achieve your targets.

Whether you are looking to lose or gain weight, overcome comfort eating (emotional eating), quit smoking, learn to eat and cook more healthily, manage your stress levels, increase your physical activity, or just make healthier lifestyle choices to improve your general health, Zoe can help you so that you too can live life to the FULL!!!

The Zoe Approach

The Zoë approach is one that is professional, confidential, calm and patient with an appreciation of your individuality and aims to boost your confidence.

All clients are treated with dignity and respect and with the understanding that everyone is unique. Confidentiality is important and all data obtained from clients is treated confidentially. All services involve completion of a health questionnaire, which requires details of any medical history and your GP. It may be necessary to contact your GP or other relevant agency if there are concerns for your safety or the safety of others. This would be under exceptional circumstances. Your GP may also be contacted as a matter of courtesy if you choose any of the specified services.

Health and lifestyle coaching is not a replacement for medical intervention or counselling. It is intended as a complementary service and does not offer medical advice or in depth counselling. As a Health and Lifestyle coach I am here to listen and work with you to achieve your personal health goals. If it becomes clear that another agency or service would be of benefit, I may advise you to contact them and I may write to your GP if necessary. Health and Lifestyle Trainers are not personal trainers and Zoe does not offer fitness instruction and cannot provide exercise referrals. As a Health Coach I can signpost you to local gyms, personal trainers, exercise classes or clubs that may be of interest and benefit to you.

You can expect a high quality of care, attention and appreciation for your individuality and a patient, calm and honest approach. Nothing will be forced and all SMART goals are discussed and mutually agreed. It is my hope that contact with Zoe Health and Lifestyle Coaching will be a positive, confidence boosting and life improving experience.

All Zoe services can be provided as 1:1 and group services or a combination of the two. Rates are negotiable for groups and corporate service.