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Truro & Penwith College Win National Award

Julian Wills

Truro and Penwith College's Health, Wellbeing and Sport team has won a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) national award at their recent Annual Gala Dinner held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The 'Innovative Project of the Year' award was present to College Sports Maker, Julian Wills in recognition of the success and impact of the 'Weigh-to-go' project.

The 'Weigh-to-go' programme was developed to create staff role models, change staff attitudes to physical activity and to highlight the functional benefits from being physically active.

During the first term of delivery the initiative successfully engaged with 18 staff who traditionally would have stayed clear of physical activity. Each member of staff was supported to become active and signposted to regular activities available as part of the College's Health, Wellbeing and Sport enrichment offer. Participants were given access to free online weight management tools and offered weekly weigh-ins to help keep track of their progress towards losing excess pounds and inches.

Of the 18 participants signed up, both male and female across varying age ranges, within 6 weeks the total weight loss of the group was 4.5 stone and waist measurement losses totalled 24 inches.

The summer term has seen an increased number of registrations to the 'Weigh-to-go' initiative, with over 25 new members of staff committing to increasing their levels of activity and changing their behaviour.

Louise Aspinal, Senior Staff Secretary to Director of Curriculum and Director of Quality, said of the programme "I had wanted to lose weight and get fit for some time, but always had an excuse as to why I couldn't join a weight loss programme.  I was so pleased when 'Weigh-to-Go' was announced at college.  It's easily accessible and helps to keep me motivated and focussed. I feel fitter and healthier and I don't think I could have achieved my weight loss without the support from the programme & staff."

Julian Wills said "We are delighted with the success of the project and to receive this national award in recognition for our work is wonderful. The 'Weigh-to-go' project forms part of the College's Strategy for Sport and demonstrates the College's commitment to providing a cross college culture of activity. The Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme is all about helping to change behaviours throughout the establishment. Truro and Penwith College Staff who engaged in the initiative have developed an appreciation for the benefits of being physically active, which they are filtering through to students across the College."