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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT


NUFFIELD NUTRITION


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t Nuffield Health, nutritional therapists are on-hand to


develop a diet and lifestyle plan to suit each client’s lifestyle and body, involving identifying their unhealthy habits and giving them the tools to address these. Henri McGourty, interim


professional head of nutrition, explains: “In January, we relaunched our nutrition proposition. Everyone has different clinical requirements, so a bespoke and tailored diet plan is put together, including appropriate nutrients for the health benefit they are hoping to achieve and including foods they like.” Nutritional therapy is part of the


premium Wellbeing Membership (£109 a month, available at selected sites), which includes four 30-minute expert ‘touchpoints’ a year – with nutritionists, for example, but also covering services such as physiotherapy, PT and physiology. These experts are also available for standard members to access at an extra cost. “Members are experiencing significant changes to their health. This is particularly apparent when doing follow-up health MOTs,” says nutritional therapist Natalie Braithwaite. Health improvements include


weight loss, increased energy levels, improved sleep, reduction in stress levels, better concentration and lower cholesterol. Going forward, Nuffield Health will focus on embedding and consolidating the nutrition service at the 19 Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centres around the country.


IVERBRIDGE INITIATIVE I


ndependent club Iverbridge Health Club in Wakefield offers a kickstart plan to all new members to help with weight loss.


Costing £50 on top of the membership, members are given a 28-day low fat healthy eating plan and four one-hour sessions with a PT. They’re expected to do a further two sessions each week on their own, replicating what they do with the PT.


At the start and end of the month they have their weight,


waist and hip size measured, as well as BMI and resting heart rate. The average weight loss is 8.5lbs per person and a combined 4.5 inches around waist and hip. For the second month, members are offered a 50 per cent


“We give them the formula to carry on and get results. We haven’t lost a member since we opened three years ago”


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discount on PT and small group training; take-up is 48 per cent. At the end of the second month, they’re given a fitness test to show how their strength and stamina has improved.


“We give them the formula to carry on and get results,” says owner Richard Hill. “We haven’t lost a member since we opened three years ago, unless they became ill, pregnant or moved away.”


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In Carlisle, Momenta has seen a retention rate of 75 per cent at 12 weeks


“We’re growing an in-house team of dedicated health coaches who can apply the skills they learn to support all our customers”


MOMENTA D


eveloped by a team of experts in the fields of psychology, nutrition


and physiology, Momenta has distilled the science of weight management into 12 interactive, classroom-based sessions. It was first developed in 2010 and was


piloted for two years. Now it’s being delivered across the UK by a variety of organisations including Carlisle Leisure (CLL), which has seen an average retention rate of 75 per cent at 12 weeks of the programme at the two centres where Momenta is offered. At CLL, members pay an initial fee to


receive on- and off-line resources and then attend the weekly classes free of charge. Non-members can simply pay as they go to take part.


As well as weight and attendance,


Momenta uses validated questionnaires to capture a range of other outcome data, including changes in anxiety, depression and self-esteem, nutritional choices and levels of physical activity. This is enabling CLL to attract funding from various sources including corporate and public health. Andy King, MD at CLL, says: “The


quality of the programme and outcome data shows we’re now able to offer a clinically effective weight management programme to anyone in Carlisle.We’re also growing an in-house team of dedicated health coaches who can apply the skills they learn in Momenta to support all our customers.”


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