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Friday, December 14, 2018

Make a healthy start to 2019

Making a new year's resolution to shed a few pounds and lead a healthier lifestyle? Then Active West Lancs may be able to help you achieve your goals.

New Active Weight Courses are starting the week beginning 7 January 2019 in various venues across the borough including Burscough, Ormskirk, Parbold, Skelmersdale, and Up Holland.

The Course is a free 10 week programme aimed at helping people to lose weight by encouraging them to make better lifestyle choices around diet and exercise.

Each week people can be weighed and a different topic/activity is covered aimed at educating and motivating people to make long term changes. These include:

  • Portion control and nutritional benefits of different food groups (what is a healthy diet?)
  • Fat and sugar content of different foods, eating out and energy value of meals
  • Behaviour change and habit
  • Food and mood
  • How to read food labels and what they really mean
  • Recommended weekly physical activity and the benefits and contribution to overall wellbeing and weight loss

Weekly goals are set to motivate people to be consistent and a free booklet/guide is provided to record achievements and weight loss. A variety of visual resources and interactive activities are used within each hour long session.

The average weight loss for these 10 week courses is approximately between 7lbs and 14lbs.

For more information and to book a place, please contact Active West Lancs on 01695 555804 or email: activewestlancs@westlancs.gov.uk.

Other free new Active West Lancs classes starting the week beginning Monday 7 January 2019 are Exercise to Music at West Lancs Youth Zone, Skelmersdale, on Mondays, 9.30am-10.30am, and Active Tai Chi' at Parbold Women's Institute, on Wednesdays, 10.30am–11.30am. Booking is essential for the Tai Chi.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "The New Year is a great time to think about looking after your health and getting fit. So try out these free new classes and see if they can kickstart 2019 to be a healthier year for you."

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