Adults using a new weight management service have lost the equivalent of 483 blueberry muffins in just six weeks.
They shed 98.7kg on a free North Yorkshire pilot programme run by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust.
Funded by North Yorkshire County Council, the service helps people fight the flab by encouraging them to become more active and offering them nutritional advice.
Trust Service Manager Natalie Belt said: “Our new service offers proactive support that is friendly, reliable and empowers people to take control of their weight and protect themselves against associated diseases.
“We’ve had great success already in the first few weeks, with over 15 stone lost across our four groups in just six weeks.”
The service is available to over-16s with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 25 and who live in, work or are registered with a GP in North Yorkshire.
The service’s programme includes:
- nutritional sessions;
- weekly weigh-ins;
- physical activity sessions;
- techniques to support behaviour change;
- a personal weight-loss plan;
- a physical activity agreement; and
- regular one-to-one reviews to monitor progress.
A service user from Malton, who asked not to be named, said: “The programme has been excellent. So far I have lost 1st 10lb.
“Each week has been full of excellent advice and I am beginning to have more confidence in myself. I am not very mobile, but the exercise tips I have been given are excellent.”
The service is delivered in areas served by three GP-led NHS organisations, or clinical commissioning groups, which buy care: Scarborough and Ryedale, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, and Vale of York.
One of its key aims is to reduce the impact of excessive weight on the NHS.
Natalie said: “Spiralling rates of obesity cost the NHS and society £5.1 billion each year, equivalent to the salary of around 163,000 nurses or 85,000 hospital doctors.
“This is a huge drain on funds, and it also increases the risk of a person developing devastating but largely preventable diseases, including type two diabetes, cancer, heart and liver disease, stroke and related mental health conditions.”
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