“I feel that weigh to go is an excellent programme for young people in Inverclyde who are looking to get fit and active. Personally it has raised my self esteem and made me a more confident person” -Lauren
“Taking part in weigh to go programme has changed my life and boosted my self esteem. I feel a lot more healthy and happy” – John
Weigh to Go Inverclyde was an innovative project that supported and motivated young people (16 – 18 years) with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 and above, who wanted to become more physically active and increase their knowledge to make healthier choices relating to food, weight and physical activity.
In 2013, Your Voice co-ordinated the implementation of a new, life-changing service that aimed to halt the slide into obesity putting Inverclyde teens’ futures at risk.
Weigh to Go gives overweight young people aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to get a bespoke weight loss plan and to enjoy physical activity free-of-charge. The move came after the 2012 Scottish Health Survey showed that 64.3% of Scots aged 16 and over are either overweight or obese.
Participants received free gym membership to Inverclyde Leisure facilities for the duration of the programme. Funded by British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland as part of its Hearty Lives programme.
Over the course of the programme, nearly 100 young people lost a combined 28 stone 4 lbs, and it won the British Heart Foundation Heart Hero Award 2015.
The model has now ended, but due to its success over the duration and from the research carried out during the programmee, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have decided to embed a similar health centre based model into its services.
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