Free Weight-Loss Sessions for Essex

If the thought of a 'fat-fighters' style group is putting you off losing weight then one-to-one sessions, run by the NHS in part of Essex, might be more appealing.

'My Weight Matters' is a 5 week course in Colchester and Tendring offering free advice on diet, exercise and understanding food labels.

It's being rolled out over the whole of North East Essex after a successful trial in four areas, with the aim to help people who do not want to discuss weight management in groups.

Mel Idroos, Health Promotion Coordinator at NHS North East Essex Provider Services, says: "Clients are seen on an individual basis and, with the support of a fully trained facilitator, they work their way through a series of self-help guides."

"This part of the programme lasts five weeks and each session takes just fifteen minutes."

"After this time they can attend on a drop-in basis to be weighed and share their progress towards a healthier lifestyle with one of our Health Champions".

'My Weight Matters' is free to anyone eighteen or older living in North East Essex, with a body mass index greater than or equal to 28.

Anyone interested should call 01206 363002.

Session times are:


Colchester Cornerstone, Sir Isaacs Walk - Thursday 2pm

Colchester Cornerstone, Sir Isaacs Walk - Thursday 6pm (6:30pm from 07/10)

Greenstead Community Centre, Hawthorn Avenue - Wednesday 9:30am

Monkwick Clinic, Queen Elizabeth Way - Wednesday 6:30pm

Tiptree Leisure Cente, Maypole Road, Tiptree - Wednesday 6:30pm


Colbayns Community Centre, Pathfields Road, Clacton-On-Sea - Wednesday 11:30am

Jaywick Methodist Church, Crossways, Clacton-On-Sea - Wednesday 11am

Fryatt Hospital, Main Road, Harwich - Monday 6pm

The Kings Cliff Hotel, King's Parade, Holland-On-Sea - Thursday 6:30pm