Mum's goal to be a healthy role model for her children
A mum has pledged to kick her unhealthy habits and become a role model for her children.
Katherine Cox, from Timsbury was inspired by a health campaign launched by Sirona Care and Health and The Bath Chronicle to improve her health.
So far this year, the 31-year- old has stopped smoking and lost more than a stone in weight.
She wants to be a role model for her children Ethan, eight, Jessica, five, and Bethany, two, and noticed a change in her health within five weeks of her last cigarette.
Mrs Cox said: "I feel more relaxed now than when I was on a 20 a day. I think having a cigarette for stress is a load of rubbish. Now I can smell smoke on other people and I wonder on how on earth I thought I was hiding it from my family. My children have changed me – I don't want to leave them without a mother."
Mrs Cox was referred to Sirona's Stop Smoking Service, attending drop-in sessions in Radstock and Paulton.
To help her achieve her other goal of losing weight, Mrs Cox was referred to Slimming World, attending weekly classes. With her mum Dawn joining her at the sessions for moral support, she has now set her sights on being five stone slimmer by summer.
Mrs Cox said: "I've become a health freak. I don't know where the willpower has come from but I've got it in abundance at the moment."
Sirona wants to make the area the healthiest place to live and work in the UK, by signing people up to quit smoking, lose weight and pursue the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. To sign up call 01225 831852.