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Hambleton residents who have made new year resolutions to improve their health are being encouraged to take that step.

They can access a free 24 week weight loss management and lifestyle programme – and it is all being delivered ‘virtually’.

The ‘Take That Step’ lifestyle referral service aims to improve health conditions including obesity, respiratory, heart disease, muscular disorders, risk of falls and long-term conditions such as asthma, arthritis and osteoporosis – through on line group sessions, healthy eating advice, exercise classes and support.

It is open to everyone over the age of 18 who has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or above, or a BMI equal to or greater than 25 and from a black or minority ethnic group.

One recent  participant, Fiona Baker (pictured before and now), said Take That Step has changed her life  .“I’m not sure exactly how much I weighed before I started the programme as I avoided the scales, but I think altogether I’ve lost around five stone and four dress sizes!,” she said    “Getting the last two stone off with the support of the Take That Step programme has made such a huge difference. I feel physically fit for the first time in my life and my mental health has significantly benefitted too.

“I would like to thank all of the team working on this invaluable service. It’s changed my life for the better and I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to maintain a weight I’m happy with for months, despite the world having been turned on its head!”

To qualify for the scheme you must live in North Yorkshire, be registered with a GP practice in North Yorkshire, or working for an organisation based in North Yorkshire. You can ask your GP practice to refer you or you can self-refer but it is advisable to speak to your GP before starting any new exercise or nutrition programme, especially if you have medical conditions and or have been sedentary for a long period of time.

The programme is fully funded by North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and operated by Hambleton District Council.

To check your BMI follow the instructions at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/BodyMassIndex.aspx

Places are limited and subject to availability.

For more information or to make a referral email: takethatstepteam@hambleton.gov.uk or call 01609 767241

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