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Weigh Up offers free weight management support in Rotherham

Published on Tuesday, 21st April 2015 in Advice and benefits news

A number of free services are now on offer across Rotherham to help those struggling to reach and maintain a healthier weight.

The Weigh Up initiative is available for all children, young people and adults who feel they need that extra bit of support to lose weight, gain fitness and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Experts will provide one of several Weigh Up services from venues across Rotherham. Following an initial assessment, people will be given advice, guidance and practical solutions to help them find the best way to lose weight and access support.

Joanna Saunders, Head of Health Improvement at the Council, said: "Being healthy and having a good level of fitness is something a lot of people aspire to, but for many reasons, whether physical or psychological, they are unable to make significant improvements to their overall health and wellbeing.

"The Weigh Up services are designed to identify what the root cause of the problem is and then match the practical and emotional support that best fits each individual."

The Shape Up service for adults includes a free 12-week gym membership at one of Rotherham’s leisure centres alongside group sessions which will focus on weight management, developing healthy eating habits and enjoying being more active, more often.

Another is the Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO), led by Clinical Director, Dr. Matt Capehorn. RIO is a specialist centre for weight management focusing on one-to-one or group sessions delivered by exercise therapists in an on-site gym, a dietician, and specialist nursing team. The team also includes specialist psychological support.

For children and young people aged four to 17 years and their families, the MoreLife programme is led by childhood obesity expert Professor Paul Gately and is designed to increase energy levels, confidence and give a better understanding of healthy living. Delivered in leisure centres and other locations across Rotherham, the programme features fun and interactive sports, games, exercise classes and health eating workshops to help with long term behaviour change.

The children and young people's Weigh Up services are available to four to 17 year olds who attend a Rotherham school, and/or are registered with a Rotherham GP. Children and young people will attend the sessions with their parent or carer. The adult Weigh Up services are available to anyone over the age of 16 who lives in Rotherham and/or is registered with a Rotherham GP.

For further information on the services and to register your details call 01709 722565 or email hello@weighup.co.uk

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