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Weight Management

A FREE service for up to 24 weeks combining weekly weigh-ins, healthy eating topics and exercise sessions to help you to lose weight and improve your lifestyle and health.

How much does it cost?

The programme is FREE service for up to 24 weeks to support adults to lose weight, move more and maintain long term weight loss.  This service is fully funded by North Yorkshire County Council Public Health.

Who is the service for?

What does the programme consist of?

Group sessions are usually 45-75 minutes long and consist of a weekly weigh-in, healthy eating advice for weight loss and an exercise circuit session.

Some group sessions are healthy eating and weigh-in only (45mins). Where this is the case the sessions are shorter in length and to exercise, participants can access a range healthy lifestyles group classes at other times and venues free of charge for 12 weeks. You will also be issued with 1 FREE swim or Gym pass per week when you attend your weekly weigh-in session.

All Healthy Lifestyles participants can take advantage of the free activities offered whilst they are attending the weekly weigh-in and nutrition session.

What happens each week?

  • Private weigh-in

  • Physical Activity

  • Healthy eating educational group talks/activities.

Are you ready?

  1. Do you have any holidays planned?

  2. Can you commit to a 24 week service?

  3. Are you in the right frame of mind to lose weight now?

How do I access the service?

Your health professional can complete a referral form that they will forward on to us or you can complete the self-referral form below. We will then contact you to arrange an introduction*


*We advise you 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.

Case Study - Lynn Wild

Prior to starting on the programme Lynn lacked self-confidence, she was very unhappy in herself and felt breathless taking the stairs at work on a daily basis. She has previously lost weight on slimming world and weight watchers but the weight crept back on.

Lynn has haemophilia which made her feel very conscious about doing any form of exercise due to the risk of injury/bleed. She also has a heart condition and high blood pressure which are all controlled with medication.

For Lynn the programme has enabled her to achieve and sustain the 5% target weight loss but it is the physical fitness and self confidence that has been her main achievement. She now exercises regularly and has a passion for walking, going on her first walking holiday next week. She is controlling her medical condition rather than it controlling her, along with lowering her current medication and feels much more positive and enthusiastic about the future.

Lynn said “Thank you so much for the fantastic opportunity. I would recommend the programme to anyone who needs the support and guidance for successful sustainable weight loss.’

Healthy Lifestyles programme particpant, Lynn WIld, before and after she started the weight management programme.


Healthy Lifestyles testimonial text

Healthy Lifestyles testimonial text

Download a detailed case study - Alan (PDF)

Download a detailed case study - Julie (PDF)

Register your interest in Healthy Lifestyles Online

What happens next?

  • Our Healthy Lifestyles Co-ordinator will contact you to talk through the service, your eligibility, and any previous attempts to lose weight, what your motivations are, and the session options available to you.

  • After the initial discussion you will be booked in for a health assessment with your weight management advisor.

  • Once completed you will start the 12 week FREE programme at the venue.

  • If you are successful in achieving the agreed 5% weight loss, you will be entitled to a further 12 week maintenance programme.

Rewarding you for your hard work

If you decide to join the programme we want to support you every step of the way so we have put together the following incentives:

Free Keelham Farm Shop voucher booklet, including a free fruit or vegetable box to help you with your healthy choices.

A further 12 weeks of free access to the Healthy Lifestyles programme of activities at Craven Leisure and satellite sites throughout Craven District when you achieve your 5% weight loss target by the end of the initial 12 weeks.

A free months membership at Craven Leisure PLUS a further three months at a discounted rate PLUS a meal in Revive Café if you maintain your 5% weight loss target after 24 weeks(end of 12 week maintenance programme).

Car Parking

Healthy Lifestyles customers who are based at Craven Leisure on Monday , Wednesdays or Friday afternoons can apply for a FREE car park permit.  Otherwise pay & display is in operation from 50p an hour.

Links to useful services

NHS Choices

NHS healthy recipes

ONE YOU eating

ONE YOU move

Specialist staff skills and competencies

The programme is led by advanced instructors (REPS Level 3 or equivalent).

All of our advanced instructors are trained in the following areas:

  • Instructors - Personal Trainer (Level 3)
  • Nutrition & Weight Management
  • First Aid
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Alcohol intervention
  • Smoking cessation
  • Behaviour change

For further information please contact the team by telephone: 01756 792805 (option3) or email here:

Venue Day Session format Time
Craven Leisure, Skipton BD23 1UD Monday Nutrition, exercise and weigh-in 2.15pm-3.30pm
Dyneley Barn, Dyneley Surgery, Skipton BD23 2HZ Monday Nutrition and weigh-in 7pm-8pm
Broughton Road Community Centre, Skipton, BD23 1TS Tuesday  Nutrition, exercise and weigh-in 1.30pm-2.45pm
Dyneley Barn, Dyneley Surgery, Skipton BD23 2HZ Tuesday Nutrition and weigh-in 6.45pm-8pm
Craven District Council, Belle Vue Mills, Skipton, BD23 1FJ Wednesday Nutrition, exercise and weigh-in 6pm - 7.15pm
Craven Leisure, Skipton BD23 1UD  Wednesday Nutrition, exercise and weigh-in 2pm-3.15pm
Craven Leisure, Skipton BD23 1UD - Men Only Thursday Nutrition, outdoor fitness and weigh-in 6.30pm-7.45pm
North Ribblesdale Rugby Club, Settle, BD24 9RB Thursday Nutrition, exercise and weigh-in 10.30am-11.45am
Craven Leisure, Skipton BD23 1UD Friday Nutrition, exercise and weigh-in 2.45pm-4pm