Oct 2015: Mr Wilson, 47, recently graduated from the 10-week programme and was one of six participants who committed themselves to enhancing their health through exercise and nutritional advice."I am just happy and it's given me a springboard to help myself and help others", Mr Wilson explained to the Post.Friendships were also critical to his successful completion of the course."It has given me a lot of confidence to do anything. I am reconnecting with family and friends."Programme co-ordinator Tracey Ormsby said the focus of the course was on changing patterns of behaviour."It is about inter-generational behavioural changes. For the younger ones it's more of a preventative strategy.
"We try not to focus on the weight loss and focus the whole thing on wellbeing, and help them make useful changes, as well as offering advice, and motivation."
He said participants often came in with a number of issues beyond wanting to lose weight.
"There are quite a number of things [we help with], including mental health - if we see there's a member in the group [needing help] we get in professional people."
Mr Ormsby said the course gave men a new lease on life.
"We run four intakes throughout the year. We get a lot of middle-aged men in their 50s and 60s.
"We try and engage with them two or three times a week over the 10 weeks. That's two times in the gym and in between we have special sessions with a nutritionist."
Enrolments for the course beginning October 5 are now open. Drop into the Korowai Aroha Trust on Hinemoa St, or call (07) 348 8454.