AITOR Baonza says Tasmania's overweight and obesity figures are a call to arms.
As Northern clinical services manager of Tasmania Medicare Local, Mr Baonza oversees strength2strength, an exercise treatment program for those suffering - or at risk of - chronic disease.
Mr Baonza was not surprised by the National Health Performance Authority's finding that that 65 per cent of Tasmanians were overweight or obese.
"Demand for this service is very, very high in a short amount of time, and we can see ourselves at the point of needing to manage demand very soon," he said.
Mr Baonza said TML was planning to expand the program to more rural and regional areas to meet a growing need..
He said the 12-week program, run from Launceston's Northern Integrated Care Centre, encompassed tailored strength and fitness training as well as dietary and lifestyle education.
Exercise physiologist Melissa Williams said participants were often daunted when they started the program, but exercise needn't be overwhelming.
"I'd recommend people just try to keep as mobile as possible, work to the conditions to the best of your ability," Ms Williams said.
"Work hard on the good days you're having - we're all going to have bad days so take it easy on those days to recover, eat a nice well-balanced diet, and try to live a happy, social lifestyle."