Successful weight management group comes to Chippenham

Posted: November 19, 2014

Trust dietitians to provide free service

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Two local dietitians from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are running a free weight management programme 'Counterweight' at Chippenham Community Hospital from Friday 23 January at 11.30am. 

Counterweight is for people with body mass index (BMI) of over 30kg/m2 or over 28kg/m2 who also have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.

It has helped people across Wiltshire lose weight since 2007.

Last year the Melksham group lost an average of half a stone each, with some participants losing up to 1 stone 10lbs in 12 weeks.

The fortnightly group sessions run over three months.

Participants learn about energy balance, weight loss goals, shopping and label reading, physical activity, lapse management techniques, triggers to eating and strategies when eating out.

There are three additional sessions after the programme is finished which offer support to keep the weight off.

Clare Neely, a Dietitian based at St Martin's Hospital in 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 long term."

If you are interested in signing up for the programme, please phone Clare Neely on 01225 833916.

There is an information session at Chippenham Community Hospital on Friday 16 January where those who have signed up can find out more.

Dawn Toms, previous group member said: "I found the Counterweight Programme invaluable.

"I have lost weight several times, but have always put it 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 my weight was damaging my health to the point that my liver was under stress and my risk of a heart attack and stroke was 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."

Further information

Check your BMI on the Counter Weight website.

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