New weight management group launched in Wiltshire

Posted: December 13, 2013

Dietitians make programme locally available

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 two local dietitians from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NHS are providing people in the Melksham and surrounding area this programme in a group setting free of charge.

Liz Smith, Diabetes and Counterweight Dietitian based at Chippenham Hospital said:

"Counterweight offers a choice of approaches to weight management - either a structured portion counting plan or a more relaxed and flexible goal setting approach for those with busy lives. The programme runs fortnightly over a three month period covering topics such as energy balance, weight loss goals, shopping and label reading, physical activity, lapse management techniques, triggers to eat as well as strategies when eating out.

The programme begins on Monday 13 January 2014 at 4.30pm in the Melksham area with the introduction session. Please note to attend this session you will need to enrol first, it is not a drop-in session.

Liz continues: "If people are unsure whether a group is right for them they are welcome to enrol on the course, then come along on the 13th and see how they feel. More often than not, once people experience the benefit of groups they stay with the programme, if however this is not the case for someone there is no pressure to come back to the following sessions.

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 an enrolment form and further details contact Liz Smith at Chippenham Hospital on 01249 456512.

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.

To check your BMI use the BMI Weight Calculator available on NHS Choices.

More information about the Counterweight programme.

Our community dietetics service is provided by two teams, one based in Salisbury and one in Bath and Chippenham.  Our service covers south, north and west Wiltshire and the BANES area.  For more information about the Trust's dietetic service visit our website.

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