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Greatwood residents sign up for Healthy Lifestyles programme

Greatwood residents were encouraged to sign up for a free weight loss and fitness programme at a recent event.

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Members of the Healthy Lifestyles team from Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre visited Scoff Café at Greatwood and Horseclose Community Centre to promote the scheme.

Sessions could be run at the centre in the future if there is enough interest from the local community.

Residents were given information about the programme and offered the chance to find out their BMI (body mass index) to see if they were eligible.

The Healthy Lifestyles Programme provides 12 weeks free access to advice and support to help people to maintain a healthier lifestyle, including nutritional advice, exercise classes, and concessionary use of facilities at the Craven Pool and Fitness Centre.

John Manley, one of the volunteers at Scoff Café, has been attending the programme for a few weeks now.

He said it would be great if classes could be run at the community centre. "It's a good idea - there are a lot of people who this would benefit," he said.

"The first week I found it quite hard work but like with all exercise you start off and it feels hard and then after a while it's not so bad.

"It's not just about exercise, it's about your whole lifestyle, looking at diet and sleep as well."

John had previously taken part in a diabetes programme at Craven Pool, which helped him reduce the medication he takes for the condition.

Sheena Ford was visiting the café and said she would be interested in signing up if a class could be held in Greatwood. "I would like to sign up for it if it's here, it sounds like a good scheme but it needs to be in the community," she said.

Funding for the programme has been provided by North Yorkshire County Council's Public Health Team to help people to manage their weight to avoid such issues as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other health conditions.

To qualify for the programme, people have to be over 18, living in Craven, with a BMI of over 25. Residents can now refer themselves to the scheme rather than relying on a health professional to do so.

Neil Harrison, Assistant Manager at Craven Pool & Fitness Centre, said: "It was great to see an interest in the scheme in Greatwood. This programme is becoming more and more popular and we'd like to see even more people taking up this opportunity to improve their health and fitness, and reduce their bodyweight. We're also looking for more centres where we can hold classes which may be more convenient for the community."

Participants have a number of goals that they need to try and achieve along the way, including a 3% weight loss target at the end of the 12 weeks and a 5% weight loss target after six months.

If they achieve a minimum of 3% weight loss after twelve weeks, they are given a free 1 month swim pass and if they achieve a 5 % weight loss after 6 months they receive a £20 membership card to use against their chosen activity.

For further information please contact Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre on 01756 792805 or complete the online application form on the website at www.cravendc.gov.uk/Healthylifestyles