A SADDLEWORTH man is encouraging others to follow in his footsteps after shedding three stone on Oldham’s free NHS weight management programme.
Michael Hyde took part in the eight-week Why Weight scheme in May and after swapping sugary foods for fruit, vegetables and wholemeal bread, he now weighs a healthier 13 stone 8lbs.
He has also increased his physical activity levels and now regularly enjoys hiking across Oldham.
Michael said: “I took part in the programme because I was determined to get fit and lose weight. I wanted to be able to walk around instead of sitting down all the time, and to be able to run for a bus.
“The programme brings people together and encourages them to lose weight in a fun way. Having this peer support is a real bonus, as it gives you the motivation to continue watching what you eat and to keep fit between sessions.
“My experience has been positive and I noticed results from the very first week. I’d absolutely encourage people to get involved – it’s well worth it and free to boot!
“If they are willing to commit to eating more healthily and exercising more, I’m living proof that they will reap the benefits.”
The ‘Why Weight’ course, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, is for people aged 18 years and above who are above their ideal weight or who feel unhappy with the way they look.
Sessions offers people advice on how to lose weight and keep it off, includingguidance around healthy recipes, portion sizes, being more active and a weekly weigh-in.
And after helping hundreds of residents lose weight since the sessions were launched in 2010, new courses will run from October across Saddleworth and Lees.
There are also family-oriented sessions to support people who have family commitments where adults can take part in the programme while their children enjoy fun games.
Or participants can take part in a Growing Families programme, will run at the same times and provides participants with healthy eating tips, recipes and the chance to take home a plant each week.
For more details and times of sessions, please phone the One Stop Shop on 0161 621 7128. Places are limited so anyone who is interested is encouraged to book soon.