There’s no excuse not to get “Up and Active” in East Lancashire

A new service to encourage people to lose weight and live a more active and healthy lifestyle is being launched in Burnley.

The Up & Active healthy weight service has been commissioned by Lancashire County Council.

This service will focus on tackling obesity and encouraging people to manage their weight. It will also help them become more physically active.

Delivered in partnership with leisure trusts, district councils and other groups, Up & Active will target people in most need of support, who meet the criteria for the service.

Linda Searle, head of health and wellbeing, said: “Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.

“The Up & Active team will support you to achieve the recommended activity levels of 30 minutes on at least five days a week.”

The service will be launched at Barden track on Tuesday 19th July at 6pm, which will coincide with the first week of a Couch to 5k run. This free activity has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. A free weigh in will also be on offer each week. You will be supported by a trained run leader so grab your trainers and join us.

The Up & Active service provides free weight management programmes tailored to suit people’s needs. People will learn about the best approaches to weight loss and about the factors that have caused them to gain weight in the first place.

The service also features a range of activities including health walks and community events, school activities, family workshops and after-school clubs, and community gardening.

Anyone who feels they need support can contact their local Up & Active team. For more information about the service, visit or email

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