Shed pounds for a good cause

A LOCAL charity is encouraging Larne residents to take part in an upcoming sponsored diet challenge for St Valentine’s Day 2012.

Praxis Care – which operates Laurel Lodge Nursing Home in the town and provides services for people affected by mental ill health, learning disability and dementia – will be running the campaign from Monday, January 9 to Thursday, February 23.

The challenge will focus on three different elements required to help people lose weight, including good nutrition, exercise and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

CBT describes a number of therapies that all have a similar approach to solving problems, and works by changing people’s attitudes and their behaviour.

Anyone interested must sign up to take part in the challenge and needs to raise a minimum of £160 sponsorship money, including a £10 registration fee.

Geraldine Andrews, fundraising officer for Praxis Care said: “The St Valentine’s Day Diet Challenge is a fun and healthy way to support the work of Praxis Care. Once you sign up a pack will be sent out to you which will include a diet sheet, self help tips and a sponsorship form.

“There will be six weekly sessions provided by Herbalife and cognitive behavioural therapists in venues throughout Northern Ireland.”

To sign up for the challenge, email your details to or alternatively visit the Praxis Care website