Health team can help you shed festive pounds

TOP TIPS: Members of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust will be on hand to offer some healthy advice at classes starting later this month
TOP TIPS: Members of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust will be on hand to offer some healthy advice at classes starting later this month

RESIDENTS who may have over-indulged during the festive period can get back in shape - with the help of the experts.

Many people traditionally sign up for gyms in the New Year, having made a resolution to boost their overall health.

But health experts at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are running a free healthy eating and weight-management course in the newly-established Kilmarnock Road Children & Young People Family Resource Centre.

The course will help participants to understand portion control, food labels, hidden fats and sugars in foods, alcohol and calories, eating out, takeaways and much more.

Over the course of the scheme, people who sign up will be encouraged to lead a healthier lifestyle, keep the weight off and improve their long-term health.

Faye Guy, health team leader for the Trust, said: “The festive season is a time for great food and good times with family and friends, however those second helpings, Christmas nibbles and tipples can all add up.

“This can leave us feeling sluggish and in need of shifting a few extra pounds by the time we get into January.

“This is the time of year that a lot of us decide to do something about our lifestyle and make improvements at the start of the year.

“If you are considering getting fitter and healthier in the New Year then signing up for the local NHS Health Trainer Service could help you kick start your New Year’s resolution.”

Similar courses have been run by the health trust at various local venues, and have always received good feedback from those who have taken part in them.

The course starts on Wednesday, January 21, and places are limited and will be offered on a first-come first- served basis.

For more information or to book a place, contact local NHS Health Trainer Pamela Cairns (01429) 284872 or 07768 841306.