A lifestyle-based weight management programme has turned digital to help people in Allerdale with their health goals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chance to Change is a 12-week lifestyle-based weight management programme run by North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

It aims to actively help people achieve their health and weight loss goals.

Challenges brought about due to coronavirus restrictions meant that the service, which would usually be face-to-face, was briefly put on hold while the team who run the service looked at other options of how they could deliver the programme, including an online service.

Sarah Weaver, nutritionist, is also part of the Chance to Change Team and has been involved in setting up the digital service.

She said: “It was really difficult for our service when the pandemic hit, it threw a few challenges at us.

“We had always delivered a face-to-face service in Wigton hospital but because of the restrictions we could no longer do this, so we decided we needed to develop a digital service to make sure anyone doing the Chance to Change programme could still complete it, albeit online.”

The Chance to Change programme supports individuals who want to improve and achieve health and weight loss goals by coordinating a 12-week programme of activities.

This includes exercise classes, nutrition education and one-to-one consultation.