Waist Removal service expands

Posted on in Community services, Health improvement

Following on from the success of the monthly men’s health service ‘Waist removal’ in Middlesbrough, the same free service is now available in Redcar twice a month.

The new free men’s health service will take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, beginning on 13 June, at the Fire Escape, Redcar Fire Station, Trunk Road, Redcar from 5pm to 8pm and is open to all males aged 18 and over. The current Middlesbrough programme is at the Trinity Centre, North Ormesby on the third Thursday of each month, again from 5pm to 8pm and open to all males aged 18 and over.

The activities on offer include guided cycling rides where the cycles used for the rides are provided free of charge, or participants can bring their own bike to use. Participants can also have their own bikes checked over by a trained cycling professional.

There are also health walks of varying pace as well as short advice sessions on losing weight and keeping it off by offering direction for lifestyle changes. There will also be the opportunity to play table tennis in a relaxed atmosphere and one to one advice is available to motivate you further.

Final preparations are also being made to benefit those first few who sign up to a cooking programme (new members get first priority) run during the same sessions and it is hoped that it too can start on the launch evening on the 13 June. The idea is to introduce some practical cooking skills for men with free ingredients to make their own Thursday night takeaway.

Richie Andrew, health improvement specialist in men’s health said “As the ‘waist removal’ service in Middlesbrough continues to go from strength to strength, the addition of a Redcar service was being increasingly requested by service users.

“Having volunteers in the service who have received varying levels of training, and support each other in a male-only, relaxed environment it is a model that seems to be working. As a South Tees service, we are proud to be able to work in partnership with supporting organisations and this new Redcar four-month pilot has only been possible with the joint funding support of the NHS with Sustrans ‘Get Moving Redcar & Cleveland’ project.

“By engaging even more men, helping them to lose weight, do a lot more physical activity and learn some practical home cooking skills, we hope to narrow the gap between the genders, and reduce the male mortality rate, particularly as men develop the majority of preventable diseases earlier than women.”

For more details about the service, please contact Richie on 01287 284479.