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Greatwood residents offered the chance to sign up for free health and fitness programme

Greatwood residents are being encouraged to join the Healthy Lifestyles Programme at Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre with an event at Scoff Café.

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Members of the Healthy Lifestyles team will be visiting the café at Greatwood and Horseclose Community Centre on September 28 from 12.30pm to 2pm.

The aim is to give residents information about the scheme and give them the opportunity to find out if they are eligible.

The Healthy Lifestyles Programme provides 12 weeks free access to advice and support to help people to maintain a healthier lifestyle, including nutritional advice, exercise classes, and concessionary use of facilities at the Craven Pool and Fitness Centre.

To qualify for the programme, people have to be over 18, living in Craven, with a BMI of over 25. Residents can now refer themselves to the scheme rather than relying on a health professional to do so.

Neil Harrison, Assistant Manager at Craven Pool & Fitness Centre, said: "This scheme is becoming more and more popular and we'd like to see even more people taking up this opportunity to improve their health and fitness, and reduce their bodyweight.

"If you'd like to find out whether you can take part, please come along to our event at Greatwood and Horseclose Community Centre and we'll be able to give you all the information you need."

Funding for the programme has been provided by North Yorkshire County Council's Public Health Team to help people to manager their weight to avoid such issues as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other health conditions.

Participants have a number of goals that they need to try and achieve along the way, including a 3% weight loss target at the end of the 12 weeks and a 5% weight loss target after six months.

If they achieve a minimum of 3% weight loss after twelve weeks, they are given a free 1 month swim pass and if they achieve a 5 % weight loss after 6 months they receive a £20 membership card to use against their chosen activity.

For further information please contact Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre on 01756 792805 or complete the online application form on the website at www.cravendc.gov.uk/Healthylifestyles