Burgess Hill businesses and their staff are being asked to work up an appetite for free bite-sized Weight Off Workshops which will be held over lunch breaks in the heart of Victoria Business Park this autumn.
The sessions, run by social enterprise company Health Champions, will be held from September at different times over the lunch break in the Kings Church Community Centre in Victoria Road, Burgess Hill.
Health Champions, who work with the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team, say the courses can help lead to significant weight loss and in turn to better productivity, less sickness, improved morale and a happier workforce. Publicity is planned over the coming months, including naming businesses who are taking part.
Staff who sign up can also choose to compete against other businesses or departments to see who loses the most weight and tops the exercise chart.
The courses are designed for local people with a Body Mass Index over 25 – usually when you are 1-1.5 stone overweight. They offer support and hands-on advice to help people over 18 lose weight and make long-term changes to their lifestyle.
They cover a range of topics including food planning, food labels, eating out, sports and activities. Participants can also learn to cook more healthily in special “Cook Yourself Slim” sessions.
Health Champions’ registered dietitian Denise Kennedy said: “We would like local businesses to support the initiative by encouraging their staff to take part and by displaying the course flyers. The groups will run over the lunchbreak making it convenient for people to learn how to lose weight and to eat a healthier diet.
“The support of others in a group can really help. We teach people about the importance of making changes to their eating habits to help them lose weight to be healthier in the longer term.”
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