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New bid to tackle weighty issues in Keighley
A new series of programmes is being launched to help people manage their weight.
The initiative provides a combination of advice and practical sessions on healthy eating and helps participants increase their physical activity levels.
Portion sizes and food labels, supermarket tours and opportunities to develop healthy cooking skills could be included.
Figures show about half of all adults in the district are overweight or obese, which creates a higher risk of developing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as mental health problems including low mood and depression.
Bookings are now being taken for the 12-week programmes, for over-16s, which start next month.
Spaces are available at venues including the North Street Surgery and Sangat Community Centre in Keighley.
Programmes include female-only and male-only groups as well as sessions delivered with language support. Matthew Fassihi, from the obesity team at NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds, said: “Most people are aware that they should eat healthier foods and get a bit more active, but actually making the changes that will lead to a healthier weight can be the most challenging bit.
“Our groups aim to give people the tools to make those healthier choices and provide a supportive environment in which to do so.
“We find that participants really benefit from the support and motivation from other people in the group and gain inspiration from seeing others achieve great results.”
For further information, phone (01274) 202801.
In addition to the Healthy Weight programmes, some people may be eligible for the BEEP exercise referral scheme which helps people with a range of medical conditions to begin exercising in a safe and effective way. Referral is via a patient’s GP or nurse. For more details, phone (01274) 202798.