Horncastle awards ceremony for county doctors and slimmers

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Slimmers and GP surgeries will be presented with awards for losing weight at a ceremony in Horncastle this Friday.

The awards will be presented to 10 people who have lost weight through the Weight Watchers on-referral scheme, commissioned by public health at Lincolnshire County Council.

Three further awards will be presented to GP surgeries in the county whose referrals to the scheme were the most successful.

Coun Mrs Patricia Bradwell, the council’s executive member for Public Health, says reaching a healthy weight can really improve your health.

“It benefits your physical health, as well as your confidence and general wellbeing too. The county council continues to commission Weight Watchers, exercise-on-referral and health trainers to support people who wish to make healthier choices. Sustaining a healthy weight can improve health in the longer term, lowering the risk of related complications in the future,” she said.

Adults with a Body Mass Index of 30 or over can be referred by their GP into the Weight Watchers scheme, and 4,000 adults per year in Lincolnshire currently benefit from a free 12-week programme.