Weigh to go is here to help

If you have had a diagnosis of cancer, and have gained weight as a result, Weigh to go Ayrshire is here to help.

Weigh to go Ayrshire is a weight management programme created by NHS Ayrshire & Arran. The Macmillan Nutrition Team have adapted the programme to suit people living with cancer.

Debbie Provan, Macmillan Project Lead Dietitian, explains: “Many people living with cancer struggle with their weight. They may have gained weight as a result of their illness.

“The Weigh to go programme has been successful in helping people manage their weight, and so we decided to adapt it specifically for those living with cancer.”

Those taking part in the programme will receive:

Group education sessions every week for three months;

Four assessments - at the start, at three months, six months and 12 months; and

Weekly weight monitoring to maintain motivation and promote success.

Debbie adds: “These classes are a great chance to get advice and support on all aspects of weight management. You can also meet other people who are in the same boat.”

Three classes are available:

Every Monday from 11am to 11.45am at Ayrshire Cancer Support, Kilmarnock, Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 11.15am in Saltcoats library,

Every Friday from 2pm to 2.45pm in North Ayr Health Centre excluding public holidays.

If you would like to find out more about the programme and are motivated to start making positive changes, email Lorna Breeze on lorna.breeze@aapct.scot.nhs.uk or Louise Whitelaw on louise.whitelaw@aapct.scot.nhs.uk. You can also call 01563 525172 extension 432.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is also asking this week, who is your local health hero?

Do you know someone working in the NHS who has gone the extra mile to help you? It could be someone who works in a hospital ward or behind a desk; it could be a doctor or a volunteer.

Now local people – and other NHS staff - have the chance to recognise the contribution of health workers and volunteers through the Ayrshire Achieves 2014 awards scheme.

Ayrshire Achieves is a staff recognition scheme which applauds excellence and innovation, demonstrates continuous improvement in the quality of care and celebrates exceptional achievements during the year.

John Burns, Chief Executive – NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explains: “Following the success of the awards in previous years, we are now making plans for Ayrshire Achieves 2014.

“We know that our staff work hard to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran. These awards will give you the chance to recognise those members of staff whose behaviour sums up what we stand for – caring, safe and respectful.

“Over the coming weeks, we will confirm the award categories, and let you know how to nominate. Look out for details on how you can give your health hero the recognition they deserve.”