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Free course helps people achieve improved weight and wellbeing 

Residents are being invited to sign up to a free weight management programme which is being run by Active Northumberland to help participants to achieve a long-lasting healthy weight and boost their wellbeing. 
The programmesupported by Northumberland County Council’s public health service, and funded by the government, is available in leisure centres around the county. It is open to adults in Northumberland who are interested in losing weight and getting fitter and healthier. 
Anyone interested in achieving a health weight can sign up to the programme which is aimed at people with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30kg/m2 . If you’re not sure about your BMI you can check it by visiting: 
The unique 12-week course called Momenta has been developed by experts in the fields of nutrition, physical activity and psychology, and is based on the latest scientific evidence. The programme helps participants to start and maintain healthier habits and to introduce realistic lifestyle goals to achieve a healthy weight.  
They will also learn about the key factors that contribute to weight gain and why so many methods of ‘dieting’ fail in the long term. The programme consists of weekly, one hour classroom-based sessions and an optional exercise element.  
For the last two years Active Northumberland has been working with Northumberland County Council and their wider partners to create a joint and long-lasting approach to tackling obesity and to support residents to achieve a healthier weight.   Previously people had to be referred by their GP or health practitioner to join the course. Now they can sign up themselves. 
Northumberland County Councillor, Jeff Watson cabinet member for Healthy Lives said: 
 “It is great news that this service is now both free and more widely accessible. We hope local people who want to make positive changes to their health and who need some extra advice and support to manage their weight do reach out and contact Active Northumberland.  The course does work and has had some fantastic results with many residents going on to lead healthier and happier lives as a result. “  
Mark Warnes, Chief Executive of Active Northumberland, said:  
We have a well-qualified, passionate and very friendly team who are ready to help residents to maintain a healthy weight.  Physical activity is a part of our wider programme and if participants wish we will help them to find an exercise routine that they enjoy, and which works for them; this might be in one of our great leisure facilities or with friends in a community setting. 
If you are interested in taking part, please email 
Or you can sign up to the programme at 
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