Professor Gately didn’t believe in a strict ‘boot camp’ regime. For him, it was about creating a safe environment where people can explore their attitudes towards food, activity and lifestyles, and gain a better understanding of how to make positive steps towards a healthier future.
It isn’t about what people can lose; it’s more about what they can gain.
Professor Gately says;
“After working on an American weight loss camp in 1989, it occurred to me that the traditional view of weight loss was wrong, its focus was negative, denying people the foods they like and pushing them to do exercise they don’t.
Traditional solutions also seemed to completely ignore why people overate or were inactive. I decided that there must be a better way. Now, at MoreLife, we’ve developed a very different approach using the latest scientific knowhow and bags of real experience.
Our research and experience showed us that it was important to consider the needs of the people we work with, and focus on giving them the tools, support and knowledge they need to tackle their own weight issues. As I look at our results, it shows we were right, our clients lose weight and most keep it off.”
Following the success of the MoreLife summer camp, the company expanded by offering children’s and family clubs throughout the year in community centres across the UK. The company also offers adult group programmes, as well as in-house weight management sessions for corporate businesses looking to improve the health and wellbeing of overweight employees.
For more information on adult and community-club programmes in your area, please visit www.more-life.co.uk
Every year we have a fantastic team of staff join us at camp. Many of them come back year after year.
Here are some of the people you can expect to be part of the team at MoreLife Camp in 2017:
Professor Paul Gately – Founder
Professor Paul Gately founded MoreLife Summer Camp in 1999. He continues to be involved in camp every year and you’ll often see him cheering on campers during the 2 mile challenge.
“Our Camp is a unique programme in the UK for addressing childhood obesity. Getting children to a controlled environment where they can learn and see for themselves how to eat healthily and get active is hugely important. Each year I am always amazed by the determination and ability of these young people to lose an incredible amount of weight.“
Sally-Anne Search – Clinical Manager
Sally-Anne worked in the NHS as a clinical dietitian for over 25 years, working in a variety of clinical areas including paediatrics, diabetes bariatric surgery, palliative care and community work which included working with the prison services and Young Offender Institutes. She was also the manager of a team of hospital dietitians before joining us at MoreLife in 2015.
MoreLife Camp is held at Woodhouse Grove School, between Leeds and Bradford.
JOBS AT CAMP
If you want to make a difference to the lives of overweight and obese children, have fun, make new friends and take on a challenging but rewarding experience, get in touch.