A NEW weight-loss group in South Tyneside is aiming to provide free advice and support to the people.
South Tyneside Lifestyle Choices CIC is offering the service after a financial boost from the Big Lottery Fund.
The company was started after founder Julie Hunter, of South Shields, helped a group of adults lose weight as part of her dissertation at the University of Sunderland.
While working with the group, she found that people needed more support in order to make the right choices about food and exercise.
Julie said: “My research into obesity led to some very surprising results.
“I discovered that there are 27,000 obese adults in South Tyneside at the moment, showing a huge unmet need in the region.
“By offering a free group, I hope that it will be accessible to everyone, and help them to reach their goals and fulfil their potential.”
Julie also has a personal reason for wanting to help others through their battles with obesity.
Her uncle, Andrew Bond, died after suffering a heart attack caused by morbid obesity in 2005.
Julie added: “It’s so dreadfully upsetting, as Andrew had wanted to lose weight once he had realised how serious his situation was, but unfortunately it was too late.”
Julie is now hoping that she can help others in a similar situation by providing realistic advice and support.
The group meets every Wednesday, from 6.30pm, at Asda in Coronation Street, South Shields.
Anyone who wishes to attend should meet at the community board at the bottom of the escalators. The group meeting will take place in a private training room, which is provided free by Asda.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07597 705393 or visit the Facebook page.