Active Communities - Get Moving



0131 458 2260
North East, North West, South East, South West
4 Aug 2022


Who is the service for?
What age range is it suitable for?
17 - 25, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64


Active Communities, Head Office, Vantage Point, 3 Cultins Road, EDINBURGH, EH11 4DF
0131 458 2260




We’re back, but with a few changes

We’re so happy to be back delivering this programme again. Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt for COVID-19. Things might be a little different and not all our courses will be starting immediately but our friendly team of coaches are here to welcome you back and help you stay active with us in a safe, but most of all enjoyable way. We are currently delivering in-venue courses and virtual group sessions.

Our team are contacting participants to let them know about this support. You can also get in touch with us by emailing or calling 0131 458 2260.

Normal service details...

"Get Moving with Counterweight" is a free 12 month group programme which supports you to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you to manage your weight and become more active. It is a healthy lifestyle programme funded by NHS Lothian in partnership with local authorities.

What do we offer?

The initial 12 week group programme consists of 6 fortnightly dietary and behaviour change sessions which will support you to make the small changes required to lose 5-10% of your body weight. Each session lasts one hour and the groups are small with a maximum of 12 people. After the 12 week group programme there will be drop in weekly weighing sessions and follow up group sessions at 6, 9 and 12 months.

What can I expect at the Get Moving with Counterweight Sessions?

Your weight will be monitored at each group sessions. It is treated confidentially and will not be shared with shared with the group. At each group session you will be taken through a series of interactive topics including:

- Weight loss goals and energy requirements
- Healthy eating and active living
- Understanding food labels
- Healthy shopping, cooking and eating out
- Eating habits and emotions
- How to prevent lapsing and relapsing
- Maintaining your weight loss permanently

By the end of the programme you have the skills to manage your weight for life.

What about Physical Activity?

Alongside the dietary and behaviour change sessions we will support you to be more physically active by giving you subsidised access to Edinburgh Leisure gyms, pools, fitness classes and court bookings.

How can I access Get Moving?

You can be referred by a health professional or you can click on the self-referral button below to refer yourself. Once we receive your referral we will contact you directly to get you booked onto a course. We run classes across the city during the day, in the evenings and at weekends.

Am I suitable for Get Moving?

Get Moving with Counterweight is suitable for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30kg/m2 and a weight less than 160kg ( 25 stone 3 pounds). You can figure this out here. If you would like further information on the Get Moving with Counterweight Group Programme please call our NHS partners directly on 0131 537 9533 and they will be happy to tell you more. Alternatively, if you have any additional questions you can contact our Weight Management staff via

Am I suitable for Get Moving?

Get Moving with Counterweight is suitable for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 25kg/m2 and a weight less than 160kg ( 25 stone 3 pounds). You can figure this out here.

Venues where we deliver Get Moving (number dependent: Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre, Meadowbank Sports Centre (reopening 2021), Drumbrae Leisure Centre, Leith Victoria Swim Centre, Jack Kane Sports Centre and the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Activity guidelines – keeping each other safe

Please don’t visit if you or anyone in your household, are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. Click here to see the symptoms to look out for.

We ask that you arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your booked session. If there is a moving queue outside the venue, please join the queue and keep a safe physical distance whilst entering the building.

Face coverings have been made mandatory and must be worn when in indoor communal areas (e.g. when you enter a venue). Customers do not have to wear them when taking part in their activity.

How you can help us during your class:

- Please be aware of any floor markings, which have been measured out and follow the guidance of one customer in each floor space.
- Please sanitise/wash your hands before, during, and after your class.
- Please maintain a physical distance between yourself and others at all times.
- When your class is over, please leave the room promptly to allow us to clean and prepare for the next class/customers. Please keep to physical distancing guidance as you leave the room.

For further information, please get in touch.

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