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Meet Fat Nation stars at Feelgood Friday
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Come to Feelgood Friday and you might win a consultation with the Fat Nation experts
Last updated: 27 January 2005 0911 GMT
line Want to get healthier and fitter this year? Get inspiration from the folk who battled the bulge in TV's Fat Nation show at BBC Gloucestershire's FEELGOOD FRIDAY on January 28.

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BBC Learning Centre, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Friday January 28, 10am-4pm
It's FREE, it's FUN, and it'll help you

The Fat Nation TV show on BBC1 in the autumn kicked off The Big Challenge by turning attention on a Birmingham street where half the residents were overweight.

At the end of the series they were all in far better shape thanks to the support of the F-Team experts - fitness guru Efua Baker, psychologist John Marsden and nutritionist Vicki Edgson, also known as Miss Chiplash.

Joe Ward

Now three of the stars of the show are coming to Gloucester to inspire others to follow their example.

Former junk-food addicts Joe Ward (right) and John Bradley, new mum Sem Komurcugil, and one-time chip-loving, exercise-hating school nurse Del Derrington will be at BBC Gloucestershire's Feelgood Friday on January 28.
Read the Fat Nation stars' stories here

Feelgood Friday is a free, fun event at the BBC Learning Centre with the message that changing to a healthier lifestyle can be enjoyable AND achievable.

Feelgood Friday will turn the centre in Eastgate Street into a 'one-stop-shop' with nutritionists, health, diet and fitness experts under one roof.


As part of the fun BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Breakfast show with Vernon Harwood will be broadcast live from the Learning Centre with healthy breakfast served to listeners who come in and take part.

Vernon will also be trying out a rowing machine and some of the Big Challenge exercise tips - including walking and buttock-clenching!


You can also enter an online competition with the chance to win a one-to-one session with Fat Nation's F-team. The prize includes a fitness consultation, a nutritional overhaul and a mental wellbeing consultation.

You can start getting fit the fun way right away on Feelgood Friday by joining in our free dance demos.

And if you think food that's good for you just isn't as nice as the usual version, see if you can spot the difference in our 'healthy versus high-calorie' taste test - we'll have loads of free grub for you to try!

Take a health MOT - free blood pressure and body mass index checks so you can find out your own health and fitness level, then talk to local healthy living experts about feeling good by...

  • Choosing a sensible food plan you can stick to
  • Giving up smoking
  • Fitting exercise into your life
Graeme Hilditch
Personal fitness trainer Graeme Hilditch

Everyone who visits Feelgood Friday can enter our prize draw with loads of great 'healthy living' prizes to be won including a session with personal fitness trainer Graeme Hilditch.

Graham, a former fitness coach with Brisbane Broncos, one of Australia's leading rugby teams, will be at Feelgood Friday to talk about the benefits of doing exercise you enjoy. Try his hi-tech rowing machine where you can take part in a virtual race or put on the boxing gloves and see if you can floor him!

If that's too energetic for you let the stress and cares of the week drift away with a relaxing Indian head massage.

Feelgood Friday with GL1

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Gloucester's leisure centre GL1 is also joining in the fun of Feelgood Friday by running a range of FREE exercise class taster sessions throughout the day, all suitable for beginners to the fitness game.

It's first come first served for both massages and exercise classes so visit the BBC Learning Centre or call 01452 418180 to book your place. Choose from:

  • 11am–11.45am: Forever Fit (Over-50s)
    Exercise for over-50s to help improve your strength, stamina, balance and posture
  • 12.30pm-1.15pm: Below the Belt
    Blitz the bits below the waist thighs, buttocks and tummy muscles
  • 2pm-2.30pm: Legs, Bums & Tums
    'Bottom line' toning session suitable for all fitness levels
  • 3pm-3.30pm: AbSolution
    Strengthening and toning exercises for tummy muscles and back
  • 4pm-4.30pm: Simple Circuits
    Complete workout for whole body, no fancy moves, suitable for all fitness levels

Members of the fitness team from Horizons, the gym at GL1, will give guided tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and vouchers for a free induction session will be available to anyone interested in joining.

There's a chance to win a year's free membership of GL1 worth £420 - free entry to Horizons, swimming and exercise classes - if you enter the Feelgood Friday raffle. Tickets are £1 and all proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee Tsunami appeal.

Clare Parrack, BBC Learning Centre manager said: "The message of Feelgood Friday and the BBC Big Challenge is simple: make little changes to your lifestyle and you can make a BIG difference to your health.

"We're thrilled that the Fat Nation personalities can join us. Joe, Sem and Del are ordinary people like you and me who have proved that it IS possible to change unhealthy habits without drastically changing your life.

"They are really looking forward to sharing their experiences with the people of Gloucester."

Don't miss out - join in all the fun of Feelgood Friday on January 28th and meet the stars.

The Big Challenge - be fit not fat

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Britain is in the grip of an obesity epidemic - and that's why the BBC has launched The Big Challenge.

But the Big Challenge is NOT about just putting people on diets. The aim is to provide the tips and tools to help you make easy, achievable, changes in your eating and activity habits to help you get healthier and stay that way for good.

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Salsa dancing is one fun way to get fit

The focus is on simple, easily achievable lifestyle changes with a fun flavour.

For example, sport and going to the gym isn't the only way to get fit - why not go dancing instead? Salsa, jazzjive, belly and line-dancing are all great ways to shake yourself into shape!

The Big Challenge Roadshow came to Gloucester on Saturday 8th January 2005 . The roadshow featured one-to-one consultations with a dietician, expert advice on adopting a healthier lifestyle, and fun exercise sessions. Read the review of the day with picture gallery!

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