Weight Concern provides the following training courses:

Shape-Up Facilitator Training for Health Professionals - Next training day: TBC

  • A 1 day course to learn about the Shape-Up programme and to develop skills to run a successful group
  • Suitable for dietitians, exercise specialists, practice nurses, health trainers, health psychologists, public-health nutritionists who can run Shape-Up groups as part of their professional practice
  • Volunteers who decide that they would like to run weight management groups in their community may also be interested in Shape-Up facilitator training.
Training group

Group training can be customised to meet specific needs. For more information on any of the training offered, follow the links below.

More details:

Shape-Up is designed as a self-help weight management programme that is based on lifestyle modification, using the principles of cognitive and behavioural therapy. Experience has shown that many people benefit from group support with the programme. Shape-Up Groups offer individuals the support and help to learn new skills to lead to a healthier lifestyle. The Shape-Up Facilitator Training offers individuals the opportunity to learn about the Shape-Up programme and to develop skills to run a successful group.

Course content

  • Main elements of the Shape-Up approach to weight management
  • Principles of facilitation
  • Facilitation skills for use in Shape-Up groups
  • Managing difficult situations
  • Setting up a Shape-Up group

Teaching Methods

  • Practical examples of facilitation
  • Brainstorming activities
  • Group exercises
  • Paired exercises
  • Brief presentations

Dates and Venue

Next course: TBC

Location: TBC


The cost will be £195, which includes lunch and refreshments. You will also receive a free copy of the Shape-Up workbook and a free copy of the Shape-Up Groups Facilitator's Manual.

For more information on how to attend this training course, please contact:

Weight Concern can deliver training in your work place. We offer group in-house training days for organisations. Group training days can be adapted to suit specific needs or requirements.

People who have attended in-house Shape-Up facilitator training days in the past include:

  • Exercise specialists
  • Dietitians
  • Practice Nurses
  • Health Activists / Public Health Trainers
  • Community Nutritionists
  • Community development workers (health related)
  • Health Psychologists and Counsellors
  • Health Improvement Specialists
  • Occupational Health Staff

Further Information about in-house training:

Length of course: 1 day

Maximum number of delegates: 6-16 (Max of 16)

Trainers: 2 Weight Concern approved trainers.

Cost of training package: Approx. £2,600 (cost includes a free copy of theShape-Up manual and Shape-Up Facilitators manual for each delegate)

N.B this is exclusive of travel and accommodation expenses for trainers.

Note to In-house organisers: We will ask you to organise a training room (with sufficient space to move chairs around for group exercises and role-plays), lunch and refreshments, as well as a laptop, projector and flip chart.

If you wish to discuss this further, or confirm a training course and arrange dates, please contact Weight Concern on
Weight Concern has been delivering Shape-Up facilitator training for over 9 years to a range of health care trusts, private and voluntary sector organisations around England.

In total, the team has trained over 1000 Shape-Up facilitators and feedback is always very positive.

Between 2008-2011, on average 97% of participants found the Shape-Up facilitators' training “very useful” or “useful”.

“The facilitators were very good – It was a great training day and I’ll ensure any other staff who are going to run the groups to attend the training” (Wandsworth)

“Very lively and comprehensive training – excellent coordination and complimentary of both presenters” (Camden)

“Excellent training session, very interesting and well facilitated. Very pragmatic and realistic” (Nottingham)

“I feel very motivated and much more confident in starting to facilitate groups. I feel very prepared (after having no experience of facilitating)” (North East Essex)

A review of the Shape-Up facilitator training was published in the British Dietetic Association magazine in 2010. Download it here.
Case Study - ACE

Read a summary of Anglian Community Enterprise's annual report on how they ran their Shape-Up groups

Shape-Up is an innovative lifestyle programme to help you manage your weight, improve your health and enhance your quality of life.
  • Shape-Up is not a diet or an eating plan. And it is not just about weight loss.
  • It is a psychological approach to managing eating and physical activity over the long term.

If you want to control your weight, understanding your own eating patterns and learning to deal with temptation is as important as knowing what to eat.

The Shape-Up Workbook

The workbook (£16.99) consists of 5 sections. Click here for further details

The Shape-Up Programme can be used by:
  • people who want to lose weight, or
  • people who do not want to put on any more weight.

Important Information

To check whether the Shape-Up programme is suitable for you, please click here.
The Shape-Up Programme will help you to:
  • limit further weight gain
  • achieve modest weight loss
  • get into a regular eating pattern
  • balance the types of food that you eat
  • reduce your tendency to overeat
  • become more physically active
The background to Shape-Up

The idea for the Shape-Up programme came from a group of health professionals who had worked with groups of overweight people. They found that overweight people had much more success in adopting a healthy lifestyle if they used advice from both dietitians and psychologists. The Shape-Up programme combines expertise in psychology, nutrition, exercise and health promotion to maximise your chance of success.

It's not a programme that you start and then finish a few weeks or months later. Instead it gives you the skills and the knowledge that will help you to carry on with a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime. You may want to re-visit parts of the programme in years to come.