Scheme to help those with weight worries

Malcolm Henderson (left) and Tom Wilson are sporting trimmer figures, after successfully completing the Weight Worries programme.

Malcolm Henderson (left) and Tom Wilson are sporting trimmer figures, after successfully completing the Weight Worries programme.

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Residents are being offered the chance to lose weight on a new council initiative.

North Tyneside Council’s 12-week free programme ‘Weight Worries’ aims to help those concerned about their weight.

Launched last year, more than 100 people have been helped through pairing a beginner’s physical activity programme with lifestyle advice.

The next group is set to get underway in September, based at Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend and with beginners exercise classes running at both Hadrian and The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields.

Residents interested in taking part are being urged to register by Friday, August 21, as places are limited.

During the 12 weeks, participants will have the full support of the Weight Worries team, who are on hand to offer encouragement, advice and motivational tips.

All classes are exclusive to Weight Worries participants and are lower intensity and shorter duration than mainstream exercise classes.

Two of the programme’s recent success stories are council employees Malcolm Henderson and Tom Wilson.

Tom joined Weight Worries after being told he needed to lose weight before being accepted for an operation.

He said: “Weight Worries fitted exactly what I wanted to achieve.

“Lots of little things joined together in making me feel better in myself; I lost the weight in three months and went on to have my operation successfully.”

Malcolm added: “I knew I needed to do something about my health. Weight Worries was very straightforward and I felt really comfortable with the instructor team.

“I lost a stone and a half and now I can touch my toes.

“I’m eating far more healthily now, have cut down on portion sizes and am more aware of what I am eating and at what time of day.”

Weight Worries is for adults with a BMI between 25 and 35 and who currently do no exercise.

To find out more, or to register, contact the team on (0191) 643 7171.