Crystal Palace Foundation offers weight courses for 2017

Crystal Palace FC Foundation has teamed up with Weight Watchers to run “Move It Lose It”, to help women across Croydon, Sutton and Bromley to lose weight and get more active.

cpfc-foundation-logo“Move It Lose It” is funded by the Mayor of London and local councils and forms a part of a larger programme named Active Eagles which started in March 2016, and is targeted at men and women over 40 years old.

The first 12-week “Move it, Lose it” scheme began in August with 23 participants losing a combined total of 255lb. The initial group were a mixture of GP referrals and self-referrals who met the specific criteria required for the pilot.

Two more women-only and three male programmes are due to roll out in the New Year.

The scheme includes weekly two-hour sessions, with the first hour being run by a trained Weight Watchers leader. As well as a regular weigh-in and consultation, members are educated on healthy eating, mindfulness and changing their relationship with food, which are all key factors to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The second half of the session involves a large range of activities including yoga, clubbercise and boxercise, led by Crystal Palace FC coaches and fitness instructors.

One of the initial participants, Denise Clements, aged 53, lost a total of 35lb over the course of the programme. She tried exercises she never thought she ever would, and has changed the way she feels about food and health in general. Clements now goes to a gym three times a week, as well as involving her family more in her new healthy eating and exercise routine.

“This was the first time the Foundation has delivered a female-only weight management and exercise programme, so we are thrilled at the amazing results achieved by all ladies involved,” said Kelly Dummer, a community development manager for Crystal Palace FC Foundation.

“We believe very passionately in about health and well-being and helping to educate more people, both young and old, to lead a healthier life so are very excited to be teaming up with likeminded partners to have such positive impacts on the lives of our local residents.”

For further information on how to get involved in the next “Move It Lose It”, email

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