Successful weight management group comes to Chippenham

Posted: November 27, 2014

Trust dieticians to provide free service

Counterweight logoCapitalising on the success of their weight management programme launched in Melksham earlier this year, two local dietitians from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NHS are bringing the programme to Chippenham from January 2015.

The weight management programme Counterweight has been running in various surgeries around Wiltshire since 2007 to help combat the obesity epidemic. To reach further into the community the dietitians are providing this programme to people in Chippenham and the surrounding area in a group setting free of charge.

Clare Neely, Dietitian based at St Martin's Hospital Bath said:

"The programme is not a short term fix, it encourages a lifestyle change. We discuss diet, physical activity and behavioural change techniques that will promote weight loss, but most importantly help keep it off it the long term. Our previous group in Melksham was a great success; weight loss averaged half a stone with some participants losing up to 1 stone 10lbs in 12 weeks.

The important thing about Counterweight is that once the initial programme has finished people are not left to fend for themselves; instead three further quarterly sessions are offered to help ensure the weight is kept off. This is what makes Counterweight different, as well as being free to attend."

For those unsure of whether the programme is right for them, the dietitians are inviting people to attend an information session at Chippenham Community Hospital on Friday 16January to find out more.To attend this session you will need to have enrolled first, it is not a drop-in session.  For an enrolment form please contact Clare at St Martin's Hospital on 01225 833916.

The full programme begins Friday 23January at 11.30am in Chippenham Community Hospital. 

The group sessions will run fortnightly over a three month period and include topics such as energy balance, weight loss goals, shopping and label reading, physical activity, lapse management techniques, triggers to eating as well as strategies when eating out.

Dawn Toms, previous group member said:

"I have found the Counterweight Programme invaluable. I have lost weight several times, but have always put that weight back on and even added to it each time, until it seemed pointless to keep trying.

At the end of 2013 I was advised that the weight I was carrying was damaging my health to the point that my liver was under stress and my risk of heart attack and stroke raised considerably. I did try to lose weight over Christmas and the New Year, but I was struggling to find a programme that I felt was going to work.

From the very beginning, I found the programme easy to work with and the advice I received was excellent. I felt that the dietitian listened to my concerns and helped immensely to find a way to make this programme work for me. At no time did I feel that the information and advice I received was tailored to anyone else but me. I would recommend this programme to anyone as I do feel that I would not have achieved better results without it."

To qualify to attend this programme you must have a body mass index (BMI) of over 30kg/m2 or a BMI of over 28kg/m2 with one of the following conditions - high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. 

Further information

Check your BMI on the Counter Weight website.

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