North Tyneside Council’s Weight Worries programme is getting ready to return this autumn, with a former participant joining the campaign to encourage others not to miss out on the opportunity to lose weight and boost their health by being more active.

‘Weight Worries’ is a free programme that helps residents to lose weight through pairing a beginner’s physical activity programme with lifestyle advice. Since it began back in 2014, over 650 people have registered to take part.

Ray Brannon is one of the programme’s many success stories and said: “I took part in the September 2016 programme. Since then I’ve lost three stones and am feeling fighting fit! Weight Worries has helped my health all round and my GP is over the moon with the improvements I have made to my health through exercise and healthy eating. I’ve since joined the Contours gym and am thoroughly enjoying keeping up with the classes and gym work.”

The programme includes convenient daytime and evening sessions exclusively for Weight Worries participants at The Parks in North Shields, Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend, Tynemouth Pool and Waves at Whitley Bay.

During the 12 weeks, participants will have the full support of the Weight Worries team to offer encouragement, advice and motivational tips along the way.

The team also utilises the latest ‘In Body’ technology to accurately assess participants’ health and body measurements before they begin and throughout the 12 weeks.  Based on the results, the Weight Worries team devises the perfect mix of activities to achieve results which can be sustained after the programme ends.

Weight Worries is for adults resident in North Tyneside with a BMI between 25 and 35 and who currently do no exercise. The team can quickly work out BMI results using weight and height measurements over the phone and advise whether or not you could benefit from being more active.

Places are limited and must be booked by Monday 7 August.  To find out more, contact the Weight Worries team on (0191) 643 7171.

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