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Lose weight for free - Take That Step success story

Published on Friday, 9th February 2018

Lose weight for free - Take that Step success story - Pauline Neilson

Hambleton residents looking to lose weight and make positive lifestyle choices are being urged to ‘Take That Step’.

The district council run  weight management service is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is overweight and  in need of support to implement a healthier lifestyle.

'Take That Step' is funded by North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and consists of a free 12 week structured weight management programme followed by a 12 week weight maintenance programme with one to one support by qualified Health and Wellbeing Professionals. 

It includes weekly one hour weight management and lifestyle workshops and open access to gym based exercise, fitness classes, swimming activities and walking and running groups.

Each workshop covers different topics - including goal setting, creating a healthy habit portion size, understanding food labelling and the role of physical activity.

Pauline Neilson from Thirsk joined the programme six months ago and lost 21 pounds in 12 weeks.

“The difference this programme has made in terms of my weight loss, fitness levels and well-being is amazing,” she said. 

“It took a great deal of courage on my part to embark on the programme in the first instance, but I was put at ease immediately.  The help, advice and discussions each week were a great inspiration on how to improve my lifestyle, eating habits, particularly portion control and to reap the benefits of exercise at a level I could achieve. 

“This programme has given me the opportunity I needed to now lead a fitter, healthier and fuller life.”

The service is FREE to anyone who meets the following criteria;

  • aged 18 years or over
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) equal to or greater than 25.
  • resident or registered with a GP practice in North Yorkshire
  • working for an organisation based in North Yorkshire

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For more information contact the Take That Step Team on 01609 767241 or visit