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People starting to get fit by playing round of golf

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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A NEW programme has been launched that will help people in East Staffordshire lose weight –by playing golf.

Waist-Lines, Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust’s adult weight management service, is attracting growing numbers to its ‘Fit for Golf’ programme now running at Branston Golf and Country Club’s driving range, off Fairway.

Designed to encourage people to lose weight as part of a comprehensive programme to help achieve and stay at a healthy weight, ‘Fit For Golf,’ supported by Golf England and the Staffordshire Sports Partnership, aims to encourage a “more active lifestyle while learning a new popular sport”.

Lee Ferrigon, weight management adviser with the NHS trust’s Waist-Lines service, spoke to the Mail about the scheme.

He said “Since we started Fit For Golf with Steve Hadfield, head golf professional at Branston Golf and Country Club, the number of patients has doubled with everyone keen and thoroughly enjoying themselves learning to play golf in the relaxed social atmosphere for which this friendly club is famous.

“Branston is quite different from the typical golf club and the staff and facilities are superb.”

Fit For Golf programmes starts with a free taster session followed by an eight-week programme giving an insight into golf during which Waist-Lines patients can decide if they want to get into golf, enjoying a healthier lifestyle with more exercise and staying active.

“The next Fit For Golf free taster session is on Tuesday at Branston Golf and Country Club from 6pm to 7pm,” said Mr Ferrigon.

The Waist-Lines dietitian led professional clinical service is for anyone over the age of 16 years. More information is available by calling 01543 509740 or via a local doctor, practice nurse or health worker.

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