Arun Wellbeing column

IN May we said goodbye to our first-ever and lighter all-male WISE group, and we couldn’t let them go without congratulating them on their amazing success.

WISE is our very popular, free healthy-eating course. Over 12 weeks we offer advice on healthy-eating, and gentle activity sessions every week, tailored to different levels of fitness.

Our WISE men have adopted minor changes in their eating habits (such as giving up fizzy drinks and ready meals) and between them lost a very impressive one-and-a-half stone in weight in 12 weeks.

We will be running another WISE group in September which is open to all.

It will run, every Monday from 10am-midday, for 12 weeks, starting on Monday, September 8.

It will be held at Yapton Village Hall. Please visit our website at or call us directly on 01903 737862.

Keep on runnin’

You may have read that our very own David Edwards recently signed up to our 
free Learn to Run class six weeks ago.

Along with six others, Cllr Edwards has now completed this course of lessons and as well as enjoying running again, improving his fitness levels and now in training for the Bognor Regis 10k run, he has also managed to lose a staggering two-and-a-half stone in weight.

Despite being new to running and experiencing classes during this recent hot weather the group claimed they ‘were much more confident’, ‘really impressed with their running’, ‘had made great friends’ and ‘would definitely continue with their running’.

Keith Hardwell, Learn to Run instructor said “I’ve been amazed by this group’s enthusiasm, they have had hot weather to deal with and they have all done so very well, and even though he is an old schoolfriend, I have to admit Dave has done very well, too, and lost all that weight.

“I wish him all the best for the Bognor 10k run, I know he is keen to raise as much money as he can for charity.”

Our next Learn to Run course in Felpham starts on Monday, September 1, if you would like to do more exercise then call on 01903 737862 or email

Arun Wellbeing is funded by West Sussex County Council Public Health and is a preventive service aimed at reducing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and is open to all, but particularly those who are concerned about their health.

For further information visit, email or call 01903 737862.