A WEIGHT management service has had its first birthday and is celebrating the incredible losses members have achieved.

The Adult Weight Management service for Scarborough and Ryedale is run by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust and in its first year has seen its users loss 2,584kg.

Natalie Belt, trust service manager said: “Adult obesity is one of the major health risks in the area and with support from the regions clinical commissioning groups and the North Yorkshire Public Health Team, we have been able to have a positive impact on so many lives.”

The service provides a free 24-week programme which takes place in Malton, Scarborough, Filey and Whitby.

Ryan Nicholls, trust project officer, said: "The team are not there to preach and dictate diets to the participants; they are there to provide healthy options and alternatives specific to each individual’s needs and lifestyle.

“The sessions are held every week, with the meetings providing both nutritional advice and support as well as exercise.

“As the sessions are group based, we have seen great friendships form and the social element of the service has really grown.

“It is important to us to make people feel supported and that they are not tackling their weight alone. Losing and maintaining weight loss can be difficult but the skills and advice the team can provide really aid their attempts.”

For more information on the scheme, phone 0800 9177752, text Healthy 60163 or visit nhs-health-trainers.co.uk/