Teaching people the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise
Christian Duffin Freelance journalist
At the Friday Fit Club in Swindon, people with learning disabilities learn about healthy lifestyles. But, as well as shedding weight, they have fun too. Christian Duffin reports
Funded by NHS Swindon, the Friday Fit Club is a 12-week course which aims to tackle obesity by providing sessions that include physical exercise and education about healthy eating. Sessions are designed specifically to hold clients’ attention and include the opportunity to taste a variety of foods. Participants’ weights and lifestyles are monitored during the programme. The programme organiser, Swindon Borough Council, found that at follow up three out of six participants of one course had continued to lose weight.
Learning Disability Practice. 13, 1,12-16. doi: 10.7748/ldp2010.02.13.1.12.c7539