THE high-tech world of the internet is to offer even the most immobile or shy of Wigan folk the chance to shed the pounds.
For the borough is to be the first in the UK to use an online programme that allows people to exercise in their own home. A search has now been launched for volunteers to help pilot it.
The initiative will use Second Life, a virtual world where users can create their own avatar which they use to engage with other users.
The pilot, to be run by Wigan’s Lose Weight Feel Great tailored weight management service, will combine all the benefits of a group session with the privacy and safety of being in the participant’s own home. It is said to be particularly handy for those in the area that lack confidence or mobility to attend an out-of-home group.
Professor of Exercise and Obesity Paul Gately who is leading the pilot locally with Lose Weight Feel Great said: “This pilot scheme will be the first of its kind in the UK and so will be a very exciting initiative to be part of.
“Lose Weight Feel Great hopes to bring a weight management service to those who feel they can’t attend group sessions.
“It is for those who can’t physically or practically attend but it is also for those who may feel much more comfortable taking part in their own home.
“In order for such a service to take off we need volunteers to help get it right. So, if it sounds like something you could be interested in, please get in touch for more information.”
Volunteers must be over 18 and have a BMI of 25-plus. The volunteers will be needed once a week for up to 90 minutes and for a total of 10 weeks, plus they will need access to a computer and internet connection.
Folk who are competent web users and interested in being part of a world-first initiative can e-mail the Lose Weight Feel Great team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved. For further information on how to join Second Life go to www.secondlife.com.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the general Lose Weight Feel Great Service can call the team on 01942 496496.