Mansfield Council helps people shed unwanted pounds

Mansfield District Council has set up weight management classes for people wanting to improve their fitness levels and lead healthier lifestyles.

There are two classes at the Council’s Oak Tree Leisure Centre on a Tuesday and Friday, that have been running since June 2011. Both classes incorporate a weekly weigh in, nutritional advice and fitness coaching, which can include a gym session, circuit training, exercise classes or a run outside if the weather’s nice!

The classes run on Tuesdays 1-2.30pm and Fridays 5.30-7pm and there are now around 20 regular participants per class. The classes are run by Jane Wigley, who works as a Fitness Instructor at Oak Tree Leisure Centre and are available to all members of the Council’s Leisure Centres. Non-members can also attend on a pay as you go basis.

Adele Walker (57), who attends the class, said: “This is a great way to learn how to be healthier as the class is focused on changing lifestyle habits rather than dieting. I have lost half a stone in three months so I’m really pleased.”

Joe Walker (64), Adele’s husband who also attends the class, said: “The best thing about this programme is the social aspect as a regular group of us attend and we all encourage each other with the exercise.”

“I was referred to the class as part of the Council’s Get Active GP referral scheme and I’ve really noticed an improvement in my health and energy levels.”

Jane Wigley, Fitness Instructor at Mansfield District Council, said: “This is a great way for people to come and find out more about nutrition, exercise and healthy living. It differs to traditional weight loss clubs as it is not weight loss orientated and focuses on giving nutrition and exercise advice for long term good health.

“The sessions are mainly exercise based and can be adapted to suit all ages, abilities and levels of fitness.”

Coun Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, said: “This is a great scheme to help people to improve their lifestyles and get some good advice on exercise and nutrition that might be difficult to obtain else where. The classes are informal and are a friendly place to meet like-minded people.”

For more information on the classes contact Oak Tree Leisure Centre on 01623 463820 or email

Alternatively you can contact Jane Wrigley directly at or visit the Council’s website