Ian's a new man thanks to Weigh to Go
The Council is helping transform the lives of people across South Ayrshire through its 'Weigh to Go' programme. The joint venture with NHS Ayrshire and Arran supports people trying to improve their health and maintain or lose weight.
Someone who has benefitted recently is 63 year old Ian Lyall from Ayr. Over the past ten years Ian has had several health scares including a stroke 10 years ago, kidney cancer five years ago and a heart attack in 2016. Since his heart attack, Ian was frightened to leave the house let alone exercise, his confidence was dented and he put on two stone in weight.
Ian's GP suggested he attend Weigh to Go classes, and he's already seeing a real difference.
Through Weigh to Go, Ian has developed a real love for cycling, not only does he take part in fortnightly cycle sessions with the Active Travel Hub in Ayr, he's also joined CTC Ayrshire, part of Cycling UK and goes on regular cycles which can be up to 45 miles. Ian commented: "It gets me out and about. I could have gone on using my exercise bike at home but now I'm having much more fun".
Weigh to Go offers classes to encourage healthy eating and Ian is now much more aware of what he buys at the supermarket: "The classes showed me what to eat and how much to eat. I always check the food packaging labels when I'm in supermarkets and always go for green and amber and not red."
Ian is doing so well, he now volunteers with the Active Travel Hub, assists with walks and is looking forward to volunteering with cycling groups AND he's lost a fantastic 4 ½ stones! He commented: "Join Weigh to Go, you won't look back, it's a fantastic class".
Councillor Brian McGinley, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "Well done to Ian and everyone else who's getting active and staying active through Weigh to Go. Together with the NHS, we have the facilities and the expert staff to help make a real difference to people's lives no matter their age or background."
Natalie Linden, Advanced Specialist Dietician for NHS Ayrshire and Arran said: "We are delighted to hear of Ian's success through attending the Weigh to Go Ayrshire programme. It's great to see that he's now giving back to the community through volunteering.
"Current statistics show that two thirds of the population in Ayrshire is overweight or obese, higher than the national average. Programmes like Weigh to Go are essential in supporting our population to make gradual lifestyle changes."
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