With the majority of Britain's successful 2012 Olympians hailing from Yorkshire, NHS obesity teams in the county are running a new series of weight management programmes.

Across the Leeds, Bradford and Airedale district, about half of all children and adults are putting their health at risk by carrying excess weight.

Matthew Fassihi, of the obesity team at NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds, said: "Most people are aware that they should eat healthier foods and get a bit more active, but actually making the changes that will lead to a healthier weight can be the most challenging bit.

"We find that participants really benefit from the support and motivation from other people in the group and gain inspiration from seeing others achieve great results."

The programme runs at venues across the district and there are special female-only and children & families sessions which combine advice and practical sessions on healthy eating, such as portion sizes and food labels, a practical supermarket tour and opportunities to develop healthy cooking skills.

With programmes set to start in September they could prove well-timed following French researchers releasing more data supporting the link between obesity and cognitive decline.

The work, published in the journal Neurology, showed that high blood sugar and raised cholesterol are likely to slow brain activity and again re-enforces the importance of healthy school diets. 

Read the full story on obesity and cognitive decline on our sister site www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk 

Posted 21/08/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com