Last week, Public Health England launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national “reset” moment: Better Health.
For many, the past few months have been a wake-up call, with people realising how precious their health is and recognising that it is time to get back on track. The Better Health campaign has been designed to provide an opportunity for the nation to reset and introduce healthy changes, by bringing together a range of NHS support under the Better Health banner.
The campaign is kicking off by supporting individuals on their weight loss journey.
Lose weight and cut your risk
Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. But this extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.
By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19. To improve health and wellbeing, individuals should aim to have a BMI below 25 and above 18.52. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) should aim to have a BMI below 23 and above 18.5 to avoid risks to health.
For more information, go to https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/, where you can download a range of tools and support to help you lose weight.
In Solihull? Get FREE one-to-one support
People who live in Solihull (or have a Solihull GP) can access free one-to-one support to lose weight. The Solihull Lifestyle Service is here to help you make positive lifestyle changes – things like cooking and eating more healthily, and becoming more physically active – in a way that suits you.
To start your weight loss journey, call 0800 599 9880, or ask your GP to refer you.
Our team are on standby, ready to help; after an initial assessment, you’ll be allocated to an Advisor to work one-to-one. Your Advisor will help you identify the lifestyle changes you want to make, and then give you all the encouragement, motivation and practical help you need to make them happen.
You’ll also get information about local activities and groups you might be interested in, and a personalised action plan to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals.
Let’s do this!