Friday, 25 April 2014

NHS 'weigh to go' programme

NHS Ayrshire & Arran has adapted its successful ‘weigh to go’ initiative, with new focus on people who have gained additional weight after a diagnosis of cancer.

The weight management programme has received input from the Macmillan Nutrition Team, which has adapted the plan to suit people living with cancer. Debbie Provan, Macmillan Project Lead Dietician, explained, “Many people living with cancer struggle with their weight. They may have gained weight as a result of their illness. The ‘weigh to go’ programme has been successful in helping people manage their weight, and so we decided to adapt it specifically for those living with cancer.”

People taking part in the programme will receive group education sessions every week for three months; four assessments - at the start, at three months, six months and 12 months; and weekly weight monitoring to maintain motivation and promote success.

Debbie Provan said, “These classes are a great chance to get advice and support on all aspects of weight management. You can also meet other people who are in the same boat.”

Classes are held every Wednesday (10.30am to 11.15am) in Saltcoats library.

More information on the programme is available from Lorna Breeze by e-mailing lorna.breeze@aapct.scot.nhs.uk or Louise Whitelaw at louise.whitelaw@aapct.scot.nhs.uk. Alternatively, call 01563 525172 (extension 432).

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