A senior councillor who suffered a heart attack has made a huge improvement to his health by losing over seven stone in 10 months.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Mike Tew, Chairman of the Council's Adults Committee, now wants to inspire others by sharing a message that it is never too late to live a healthier lifestyle.

Last year, Cllr Tew who has Type 2 diabetes had a heart attack which led him to rethink his lifestyle and take steps to gain control of his weight.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mike Tew, said: "The heart attack was a real wake up call, it was a moment that made me realise that how you behave can mean life and death. The Doctors at Papworth Hospital were very clear that it was more than likely that my lifestyle and excess weight had caused my heart attack and could cause another. It was at that point I decided that I needed to make a change to live a healthier life.

"Before my heart attack, I wasn't very active, so I started off by walking around the block, pushing myself a bit further each time. I also used to drink a lot of fizzy drinks several times a day, which were high in sugar. I decided to cut them out and drink just water and eat a balanced diet, cutting out foods with any added sugar."

"With these simple changes, I have now lost around seven stone and my doctors  say I've reduced the risk of having a heart attack. I now enjoy a greater range of foods and as a treat, I now have just a couple of pieces of chocolate every evening.   I now have a second chance to spread the word that simple changes in your diet can be life changing and have a real and positive impact on your health."

Following his dramatic weight loss Councillor has on medical advice. stopped taking the medication that he used to help manage his diabetes.

Councillor Tew has seven tops tips for getting to a healthy weight:

·         Start with small changes. As you achieve your diet and exercise goals, gradually introduce more.

·         Eat well. Aim for 5 fruit and vegetable every day.

·         Use colour-coded labels on food packing to choose products with low or medium fat, sugar and salt contents most of the time, rather than high.

·         Swap sugary drinks for water, diet, sugar-free or no-added sugar options.

·         Still enjoy a treat just less often, try for once a week.

·         Get moving! Start with a short activity then slowly build up to be active most days, aiming for 150 minutes in a week.

·         Stay positive, find someone or something to keep you motivated and stick with it.

In 2015 the UK government revised recommended daily maximum intakes for sugar. UK children & teenagers currently consume three times the recommended daily amount of sugar. Adults have twice the recommended amount. Since the start of the New Year, the national Change4Life Sugar Smart campaign has been helping people to cut back on sugar by making healthier food and drink swaps.

Cambridgeshire County Council Public Health team are supporting the Change4Life Sugar Smart campaign. Families can join in online by searching Change4Life and downloading the new free app.

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