Free weight management course promotes healthy lifestyles

Free weight management classes start next week.
Free weight management classes start next week.

New free weight management classes are starting in Kirriemuir to promote healthy lifestyles and help residents lose weight.

‘The Winning Weigh’ weight management programme is run by trained staff from Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP) and each one-hour class will be held in Webster’s Sports Centre every Wednesday starting on August 14.

The programme has already been running in Forfar for some time now.

It is not a diet but aims to help people change their eating and exercise habits which will help them to lose weight. Designed specifically for people who are serious about taking up the challenge, the programme is an informal interactive course and at each session a trained member of staff, supported by NHS Tayside dietitians, will offer practical advice and encouragement on healthier lifestyle choices, improving fitness levels and reducing body mass index.

Continuing support will be available after the programme is completed, with free drop-in sessions at the end of the class where people can be weighed.

It is aimed at men and women who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or above, which is worked out by dividing weight in kilograms by height in metres squared, such as 85 ÷ (1.52 x 1.52). Places are limited and can booked by calling 01307 474822. If the class is fully subscribed there will be a waiting list for places.

Jude Findlay, weight management co-ordinator for Angus CHP, said: “Winning Weigh is a free weight management programme for residents of Kirriemuir and surrounding areas. It combines a personalised eating plan along with 12 information sessions on topics such as healthy eating, portion control, diet myths, activity, food labelling, changing behaviour and many more. By the end, attendees will have the tools and confidence to be able to manage their weight.