Shapping up in Hertsmere

A new 12-week programme called ‘Shape Up’ focusseing on combatting the growing problem of obesity amongst middle aged men is coming to Hertsmere. Aimed at men aged 18 to 65 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over, sessions will be taking place at Allum Hall in Borehamwood on Monday nights between 7:30pm and 9pm from 7 January. 

Participants meet up weekly for a 90 minute session consisting of a 30 minute educational segment and a 60 minute physical activity session. These two segments are delivered with the aim to develop a healthy relationship with food and change unhealthy behaviours and habits that cause weight gain. 

Shape Up has seen over 850 men engage in sessions across Hertfordshire with participants recording a staggering collective weight loss of over 3.1 tonnes with 23.6 million calories burned over that time. Improvements in mental health have also been seen with 93% of participants reporting improved self-esteem. 

Conservative Councillor Caroline Clapper for Potters Bar and Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Promoting healthy weight and increasing physical activity is an important priority for the council. We are delighted that Watford FC CSE Trust is continuing to deliver a course for men in Borehamwood and we encourage all men who fit within the criteria to sign up. 

“Shape Up has already changed lives by encouraging men to think about the causes of obesity and how, by making changes to their lifestyle, they can reduce the risk of obesity related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. 

Obesity is a national problem, and one that is growing fast. Currently 63% of adults who live in Hertsmere are carrying excess weight and this is predicted to rise. Promoting a healthy weight and increasing the levels of physical activity will help lead to a reduction in risk of major diseases, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. 
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