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Albion fans encouraged to Shape Up at the Stadium

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Brighton & Hove Albion fans are being encouraged to get the New Year off to a healthy start by signing-up for a free exercise and nutrition programme.

Albion in the Community (AITC), the club’s official charity, is looking for Seagulls supporters to take part in its next Shape Up at the Stadium course.

Shape Up at the Stadium is a free weekly health and nutrition course based at the American Express Community Stadium and aimed at men who live in Brighton and Hove.

Participants on the 10-week course are given advice on healthy eating, portion sizes, reading food labels and creating a balanced diet as well as weekly exercise classes in the stadium’s indoor warm-up area, just a few feet away from the home team dressing room.

And it is an approach that works.

In AITC’s most recent Shape Up at the Stadium course participants lost a combined 22.1 kg – with the charity’s biggest ‘loser’ dropping over 7kg.

One of that group, Paul Gray (not pictured above), was in no doubt about the benefits of Shape Up at the Stadium.

Praising the “friendly and knowledgeable” course instructors, Mr Gray said: “With their help and guidance I have lost a stone.

“I have now joined the local gym and am hoping to build on the start Shape Up has given me.”

Over course of his 10-week programme, Mr Gray also saw a 10.5cm reduction in his waist circumference. He also revealed taking part in the programme made him feel not only far healthier physically, but also more content.

He added: “It’s not just about weight loss but about looking at your lifestyle. It was good being with a group of like-minded people and there were some real characters in the group.”

The next Shape Up at the Stadium course, which is run by AITC in tandem with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, starts on 16 January and will run each Monday evening for ten weeks.

For more information on Shape Up at the Stadium or the other health programmes AITC runs, contact the charity’s health department by emailing: or calling 01273 431703.

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