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Brighton & Hove Albion fans are being offered the chance to sign-up for a free 10-week healthy lifestyle course.

Shape Up at the Stadium is run by Albion in the Community (AITC) and takes place at the American Express Community Stadium. The next course gets underway on 22 January and takes place each Monday evening between 6.30pm and 8pm.

The popular programme is aimed at men who live or work in Brighton and Hove and have a BMI of 25 or over. Each session is based around a 45-minute...

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Brighton & Hove Albion fans are being offered the chance to sign-up for a free 10-week healthy lifestyle course.

Shape Up at the Stadium is run by Albion in the Community (AITC) and takes place at the American Express Community Stadium. The next course gets underway on 22 January and takes place each Monday evening between 6.30pm and 8pm.

The popular programme is aimed at men who live or work in Brighton and Hove and have a BMI of 25 or over. Each session is based around a 45-minute workshop on subjects like portion control or food label reading, followed by 45 minutes exercise.

The emphasis is on health gain, rather than weight loss, but recent courses have resulted in participants not only making some significant life changes, but also recording some fantastic results in terms of body fat reduction, trimming waistlines and shedding the pounds.

Run in partnership with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Shape Up at the Stadium has helped dozens of fans each season to lose weight and improve their general physical wellbeing.

Evie Cicha helps deliver the course for AITC and is enthusiastic about its many benefits. She said: “We know that even losing a little bit of weight can have a really positive effect on people’s health and wellbeing.

“Improving your general fitness and following a balanced diet not only makes you feel better but it can also help prevent cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.

“Shape Up at the Stadium is a brilliant first step. The way that participants bond together during our sessions really encourages them to change their lifestyle and lose weight.”

It was a sentiment shared by her AITC colleague Liz Mooney, who leads the exercise part of the sessions. She said: “The exercise part is always a lot of fun. From the first session to the last we aim to get our participants laughing and joking while getting fit. People will be genuinely amazed by the improvements to their fitness that is possible in just 10 weeks.”

For more information email: healthyweight@bhfood.org.uk or call: 01273 431703.