11 April 2013
A positive step towards weight loss
Positive Step, North Somerset's psychological therapies
service, is piloting an innovative new weight management
They are offering courses to anyone in North
Somerset with a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 40 and who
would like to lose weight and improve their health for the long
Recognising the difficulty of changing habits, and addressing
this fundamental barrier to weight loss, is at the heart of the one
year pilot, developed by Positive Step in partnership with Weston
General Hospital's dietetics service and the local commissioner's
Five group courses will be held during the next year, each
running for six weeks. With a focus on readiness to change, the aim
is to help people motivate themselves to overcome obstacles to
weight loss and to make long term lifestyle changes.
The courses, which are being jointly led by a dietitian and a
member of the Positive Step psychology team, explore topics
- thinking about change
- mental blocks, thinking patterns and emotions
- dealing with cravings
- healthy, balanced eating.
Alex Stephens, health psychologist with Positive Step, is
leading the pilot. She explained, "We are helping people to get
themselves ready to make significant, positive changes to manage
their weight and improve their health for the long term. We have 15
people on each course: some are referred by Weston General's
dietetics service and some are referred by their GPs, but the vast
majority in our first group have come to us directly."
Sarah Branton, who heads up Positive Step, said, "We held our
first session in the first week of April and were completely
overwhelmed by the response. It went really well and we are very
much looking forward to seeing how the group progresses and becomes
more motivated over the six weeks, and to working with four more
groups over the year."
For more information visit the 'physical health' section of
Positive Step's new website at www.positivestep.org.uk and to apply for
a place on the course fill out the online contact form or phone the
team on 01934 523766.