A new revolution in health and fitness has been launched in Glasgow, with South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and East and West Dunbartonshire following.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is teaming up with the five local authorities to encourage people to join a revolutionary new health and fitness programme called ‘Shape Up’.
The programme is not a diet, nor is it based around calorie counting, but instead fitness classes are coupled with healthy eating advice people can stick to, and which can easily fit in with daily routines.
Dr Caroline Morrison, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Anyone can join Shape Up through self referral or GP referral.
“Joining is a great way to stop your weight creeping up, or to help you get it back down if it’s crept up already.
“It’s a game of two halves” as they say - first a workshop with lots of good advice and a weigh in. People are also provided with a useful booklet to remind them of the advice given at the workshops.
“Then you choose which one of the many fitness classes, on offer in leisure centres in the local area, that you want to attend. Everyone is different and Shape Up is designed to cater for everyone no matter what their taste in food or fitness is.”
The first local authority to launch this week was Glasgow. South Lanarkshire is next with their programme launching this Monday, July 2nd. Both East and West Dunbartonshire, are launching their programme in the middle of July and East Renfrewshire will be rolling out in early autumn.
Baillie Liz Cameron, the Chair of Culture & Sport Glasgow said: “Improving the health and fitness of every Glaswegian is a priority for the city. Shape Up isn’t about fad diets and counting calories but incorporating sound advice on healthy eating and exercise into your daily routine.
“This is about choosing to have a fitter, healthier lifestyle. Whether you are overweight or simply hoping to shed a couple of pounds for the summer, Shape Up is the solution.”
Notes to Editors
Each of the local authorities are launching on separate dates:
Glasgow City Council launched Tuesday, June 26th, 2007. Further details on leisure centres taking part and class times can be obtained by calling 0141 287 0112.
South Lanarkshire Council - Monday, July 2nd, 2007.
West Dunbartonshire Council - Thursday, July 19th, 2007.
Both East Renfrewshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Council will confirm launch dates later this month.
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