A life-changing service that aims to halt the slide into obesity that’s putting teens’ futures at risk is celebrating its’ fourth year of providing support to young people.
Weigh to Go provides young people aged 12 to 18 years old the opportunity to take part in a 24 week programme with regular support from a Weigh to Go Outreach Nurse. There is free access to weight management support and encouragement to take part and enjoy free physical activity opportunities.
Tonight a special event will bring together some of the teenagers the programme has supported across Greater Glasgow and Clyde at a celebration event in the Glasgow Science Centre.
More than 430 young people have participated in the programme since it became operational in April 2014.
Chelsea, now 18, lost over a stone and a half after joining the programme and she puts it down to the support of the Weigh to Go team. She said: “The Weigh to Go programme has helped me lose weight. I can see a real difference in myself and feel happier.”
Radek has lost over nine and a half stones and has continued to eat healthily and take part in physical activity including the Tough Mudder for Help for Heroes, Pedal Power for Scotland for BHF and The Great Scottish Run for the Beatson Charity.
Julie Gordon, Health Improvement Lead, Glasgow City HSCP, said: “We have evidence from a number of surveys that some of our young people are leading increasingly unhealthy lifestyles that, if they continue, will lead to poor health outcomes in later life.”
Being overweight can be caused by increased food availability, larger portions, foods that are high in sugar and fats, lack of sleep, and increased time spent in front of a screen. These are contributing factors to obesity and can increase the risk of young people developing serious health conditions such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
So who can apply for Weigh to Go? You need to be:
Contact the Youth Health Service on 0141 451 2727 for more information.
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]