Published On: Sat, Feb 8th, 2014 on 3:09 pm

A step forward to fighting obesity in Kirklees

Cycling Kirklees

Cycling is one of the countless activities being used to promote healthy living

A range of specialist services and activities are being promoted to Kirklees residents, after latest Government figures show that 61 per cent of adults in the region have an unhealthy high weight.

Whilst this figure is still lower than surrounding authorities, a range of diverse services and activities are being delivered across the region.

Tony Cooke, Head of Health Improvement for Kirklees Council said: “We are prioritising our work around food and nutrition with programmes which mean that no matter where they live people in Kirklees can access healthy, affordable, sustainable and local food.

“This coupled with projects to help people make informed choices about the type and amount of food they eat and encouraging them to take part in regular physical activity will help tackle the issues around obesity locally.”

Adults wanting to manage their weight can be referred by their GP to the Kirklees Adult Weight Management Service who offer programmes to help them maintain a healthy weight.

For those wanting to walk more, but as part of a group, can take part in weekly walking sessions with the Kirklees Walking Network.

Dancing sessions named “Shall We Dance” are also offering people the chance to remember their dancing days as they try out dancing styles such as the waltz, quickstep and jive.

As well as choosing amongst the many sporting activities available throughout the region, residents can cycle by taking advantage of the traffic-free routes on the greenways, cycle training schemes and mapped routes.

Cycling leaders are also being urged to come forward to help inspire more people to get on their bikes and start cycling for fun through the British Cycling Ride Leadership Award course.

Information on all the activities can be found on

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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