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Thursday, 09 January 2014 (3047196)
Weight Watchers centre first to open on Merseyside
by Tom Martin

MERSEYSIDE'S first ever Weight Watchers centre has opened up in Netherton and local residents are now being urged to get involved.

The company have hired out a venue in the Park Hotel and it was officially opened by the Mayor of Sefton on Wedesnday January, 8.

The new centre, which will be open three days a week, is a pilot scheme but staff want to make it a permanent home.

Weight Watchers usually go out into the community to help people shed the pounds but they are looking to open up centres and so far there are four across the UK.

The Netherton branch will be used to host meetings that people can attend for weigh-ins and also motivational talks.

The launch event was attended by more than 30 people, who got a chance to check on their health, and the ribbon was cut by Mayor Maureen Fearn.

She said: “At a time when the obesity crisis is at the forefront of national news, it was a pleasure to meet with local residents who have taken control of their eating habits and achieved a healthy weight.

”In order to change people’s relationships with food, education is essential and it is very encouraging to see so many local residents turn up to have their BMI checked and gain advice about achieving a healthy weight.

“I look forward to hearing more success stories from Netherton’s new centre as the community continue with their weight loss resolutions.”

The new centre will be open all day on Wednesday and Thursday, but also on a Sunday morning.

But if the meetings are well attended and the group see a rise in new members, staff could be open it up for more days.

Margaret McKittrick, one of the local leaders who will be running classes at Weight Watchers in Netherton, said: “We know our members lead busy lives and cannot always get to their meeting and we know that having regular contact and support from someone who’s successfully lost weight with Weight Watchers really does work. The centre gives our members more flexibility to go to a meeting at a time that suits them and get the support they need to help them lose weight and keep it off.”

Weight Watchers was established in 1963 in the US but it has gained huge popularity in the UK.

For more information about Weight Watchers in Netherton contact Julie Friday on 07950041351.


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