Boxing to trim heavy weights

Date published: 02 October 2008

A LOCAL boxing club is throwing its weight behind a new scheme to help Oldhamers battle the bulge.

Oldham Boxing Gymnasium in Derker will host the eight-week course from next week.

It features weekly educational sessions which address weight control, healthy eating and portion size.

Each class will be followed a 60-minute boxing- style work-out, which will involve shadow boxing and skipping, along with other boxing-related pursuits.

Those behind the scheme are looking for Oldhamers keen to get fit and healthy to get involved.

Margo Jackson, health development worker from Oldham Community Health Services, said: “This course is for anyone who wants to lose weight.

“It is an innovative lifestyle programme that will help you to manage your weight and improve your general well-being and quality of life in a fun and interesting way.”

Eric Noi, director of the Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre, said: “This programme provides a real opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes using tried and tested techniques from the world of boxing.”

The Make Your Weight pilot forms part of the NHS’s Shape Up programme. Shape Up has been developed by the charity Weight Concern, with support from Cancer UK, and targets those who want to lose weight and keep it off in the long term.

The course starts at the Derker Road club on Tuesday from 5pm.

Contact Margo on 0161-621 7150 to reserve a place.