Council course helps residents Get Fit for Life virtually

Date Published: 22 January 2021

A free 10-week course is being offered to North Kesteven residents to help them improve their health and boost their happiness in 2021.

The ‘Get Fit for Life NK’ programme offered by North Kesteven District Council is entirely online and aims to help people improve all aspects of their wellbeing, including finding and maintaining a healthy weight. All participants need to get started is an email address and access to a computer, tablet or smartphone.

During the 10 weeks, topics covered include portion sizes, physical activity, getting to grips with food labelling and understanding fats and sugars. Regular email support and access to a private Facebook group is provided, along with the option of joining virtual meetings.

North Kesteven District Council Health Trainer and course leader Debbie Chessum said: “There are so many things to worry about at this time, but making positive lifestyle choices is more important than ever – eating healthily can boost your immune system, and managing your weight may help you avoid the worst effects of Covid-19. It’ll also help your overall wellbeing, which is really important right now. 

“Get Fit for Life NK is a virtual programme you can take at your own pace, completing it entirely online, but in doing so you’ll also have the option to join a virtual group of friendly, local people all taking part and supporting each other with recipes, good humour and more. 

“And of course, I’m on hand throughout to answer questions, provide advice and give plenty of ideas and inspiration.”

Anita Evans, 58, from South Rauceby, who took part in the course during autumn last year, said: “The 10-week programme was easy and straightforward. Just thinking about what I ate and keeping an eye on those portion sizes helped. 

“I lost 11 pounds over the programme and two inches from my waist, although some pounds went on over Christmas and New Year! I will be doing the new programme and hopefully shed a few more pounds and inches, and get a bit fitter.”

Councillor Sally Tarry, North Kesteven District Council Executive Member with special responsibility for Corporate and Community Services, said: “We're keen to support residents and to improve life in our communities, including through the provision of new opportunities for residents to stay fit and well. It’s especially important at this time during the Coronavirus pandemic to do what we can to stay healthy. I'd encourage anyone eligible for the programme to take the leap and join."

Sign up throughout January by emailing deborah_chessum@n-kesteven.gov.uk or by calling or messaging 07733368676.

Participants must be over 18, have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over, and live or work in the North Kesteven district. BMI can be calculated online at www.nhs.uk.

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