Managing Weight

Managing Weight

What We Deliver

ABL delivers Tier 2 and Tier 3 local authority and Public Health England-funded programmes across the Country including running specialist Bariatric information sessions across Greater Manchester.

These programs are available for adults, families and children who can benefit from weightloss and people waiting for surgery.

tdsu members with coach Ste in a park in Stockport.

How We Support

Our weight management teams offer free nutritional and fitness support and advice, and consider other behavioural and psychological aspects, and life circumstances linked to weight gain and poor health.

All programmes share a flexible approach to weight loss that considers the client’s individual needs, facilitating adherence to an agreed plan.

This includes realistic goal setting, no strict diets or exercise routines and an emphasis on long-lasting lifestyle changes aimed at maintaining a healthy weight after the programme.

We have also developed several programmes to attract people in high-risk groups who are less likely to engage with health improvement services.

Embracing Diversity

We have also developed several programmes to attract people in high-risk groups who are less likely to engage with health improvement services.

This has translated into a diversification of our weight management offer, with new programmes aimed at mature men and women, adults with learning disabilities and ethnic minority groups.

By creating relevant, responsive and bespoke programmes, we have facilitated engagement and breaking down barriers with these priority groups.

Find out how we can work together to ensure people and their communities become...

Healthier & Happier for Longer

Mark’s Proven Weight-Loss Journey: How He Transformed His Life

Case Study Photo of Mark.

Meet Mark Gent. His starting weight was around 37 stone and he had been diagnosed with diabetes. Since then, he’s lost over half his body weight and is now volunteering with ABL Health as a peer supporter to help others lead a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s Mark’s story:

“I had been overweight all my life and last year found out I’d had diabetes for up to four years and had no idea. I decided not to take insulin but instead to manage the condition with a diet instead. I lost nearly six stone by cutting my sugar intake down to 40 grams a day and was weighing everything before I ate it.

“Then, I joined Your Health Oldham’s scheme. The programme was exactly right. The advice was great – it’s not about dieting, it’s about what you eat. Now, I love raw food and don’t eat anything processed. I think my taste has completely changed. If I eat scampi now, the batter just tastes like slime!

“When I was 13 I was hit by a double-decker bus and spent three years in hospital. I injured my whole right leg and lower back in the accident and it is painful for me to walk. Choose to Change taught me that you can do exercise with virtually no mobility, and now I cycle and do weights.

“It was the perfect way for me to go and now I’m 17 stone and at 6ft 2 inches that’s not too bad! Before I was falling asleep all the time and now it’s like I have woken up. Everything has changed – I feel like a teenager with too much energy – and my blood sugar levels are really healthy as well.

“Some people will use anything as an excuse not to lose weight but the only excuse is yourself. There is no magical cure, you’ve got to listen to the advice even if you only take in part of it. The support I’ve had has been invaluable. I got so much from the course and it’s time to give something back so I’ve become a peer supporter to offer inspiration to others wanting to improve their lives.”