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New programme aims to help men in Craven lose weight

A new weight management programme has been launched by Craven District Council, hoping to help local men shed the pounds.

The council's Healthy Lifestyles programme has been running across the district for some time. However, now, a new-and-free programme has been designed specifically for men and will promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Funded through North Yorkshire County Council, the 12-week programme starts on Thursday 22nd September and takes place once a week at Craven Leisure from 7.30 to 8.45pm. The first half of the session will involve an exercise class followed by nutrition advice. The leisure centre’s qualified health and exercise experts will use a variety of techniques to teach residents about food choices to change their current behaviour and develop a healthy relationship with food, while introducing exercises to help in the weight loss journey.

The programme will provide information and guidance about goal setting and eating awareness, dieting and myth bunking, meal planning, portion sizes and shopping guidance, and tailored physical activity to help achieve weight loss.

Eligible men are those aged over 18 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 (25 BMI if they have comorbidities or are from BAME group). Participants also need to remain committed to the 12-week programme, be willing to commit to losing five per cent of body weight and have no uncontrolled comorbidities.

Among the people signing up to the initiative is Cllr Simon Myers, Chairman of Craven District Council. Looking forward to working towards a healthier weight, he said: “I have to accept that lockdown didn’t shrink my suits and that at 59, having discovered that I have high blood pressure, I recognise that I have to take steps to keep fitter longer. We men are GP averse, but it is a good thing to have a reality check and take this sort of course when available. Hopefully, it will help to keep the doctor at bay.”

He added: “Healthy Lifestyles is a fantastic weight management programme and we are delighted Craven Leisure is able to offer this and more importantly completely change people’s lifestyles for the better.”

The 12-week programme is free to join and anyone interested can book a place by calling 01756 706282 or emailing: healthylifestyles@cravendc.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can complete the Healthy Lifestyles online application form by tapping this link: Healthy Lifestyles Application Form.

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