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"Weigh to Go” in Ribble Valley Amid National Health Alert

Published Friday, 23 January 2015

A weight management scheme available to Ribble Valley residents by self-referral is recruiting new participants.

A lack of exercise can be just as deadly as obesity according to University of Cambridge researchers, who followed 334,161 Europeans for 12 years, assessing exercise levels as well as waistlines.

Their research concluded that about 676,000 deaths a year were down to inactivity, compared with 337,000 from carrying too much weight alone.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s six-week Weigh-2-Go scheme offers free advice on healthy eating, an optional gym session and recreational activities at a small charge.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and fitness officer, Tracy Balko, said: “This study once again reinforces the importance of being physically active, even when carrying excess weight.

“Weigh-2-Go has been a particularly successful programme and the self-referral pathway has enabled more people to take part. It is not a slimming club, but aims to give people a healthy eating plan, as well as encourage them to be more active.”

Weigh-2-Go is available by self-referral, but participants need to be above a certain weight in relation to their height.

Sessions take place at the Roefield Leisure Centre in Edisford Road, Clitheroe, on Tuesdays.

For more information see Weight Management Programmes.

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