Published: September 6, 2013
Mayor launches new community weight loss project in Highbridge

Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor has this week launched a new fitness project that rewards residents who lose weight by giving them money for local community projects.

Cllr Martin Cox was the VIP guest at the launch of the 'Pound 4 Pound Community Project' on Thursday morning (September 5th) at Highbridge's Morland Hall.

For every pound of weight that people lose until December, £1 will go straight back into community projects.

"I am delighted to suportthis worthwhile project which not only will help people's health but also raise funds for our community," the Mayor told

Richard Mathews, one of the organisers, added: "Community Pounds is focused on those communities across the UK with the highest health and social needs, and who have high prevalence of overweight and obesity levels."

"Overweight and obese adults can pledge to lose weight over a four-month period as part of an overall community effort. Total community weight loss - the number of pounds - will be rewarded with equal levels of funding - one pound for each pound lost - with the money being spent on health promoting projects within the community."

The scheme runs until December and is open to all residents in the Sedgemoor Area, up to a maximum of 100 participants. It is free to enter for over 16s and 25 BMI, subject to stated health exclusions on rules.

The scheme is being supported by King Alfred Sports Centre (1610) and ProActive. To take part, attend the sessions running each Thursday, from 10.30-11.30am. until December. For more details, call 07827 647856 or email

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