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Public health adult weight management

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We will encourage people to lead healthy lives by continuing support to access exercise and healthy eating information and advice.

One of the ways we can do this is to encourage people to access existing activities and initiatives that would benefit them. Many of these are already available in the borough.

We currently provide weight management programmes to 1,050 people each year (262 at any one time).

These programmes include the following healthy eating, physical activity and motivational coaching weight management programmes for obese adults:

  • Fit for Life Centre - takes all referrals from GPs, sets goals and signposts to 12 week Fit for Life programmes and maintenance support for up to 1 year.
  • Fit for Life Group - 12 week group programmes for adults with (or at high risk of) type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and other long term conditions
  • Fit for Life Disability - specialist 12 week programme for adults with mental ill-health, physical and learning disabilities.

We will still ensure people are supported to access exercise and healthy eating advice and information but we will focus on supporting and encouraging people to access activities that are already available, including:

  • Existing leisure services programmes;
  • Activities provided through community-based organisations;
  • Existing schemes such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World;
  • Other health programmes e.g. social prescribing by GPs and health practitioners;
  • Self-organised groups and activities;

The Fit4Life assessment centre will continue to provide extra support to enable people to lead healthy lives, and the Fit4Life Disability programme will continue at its current level.

It will have a stronger focus on the aspects of the service which people can manage themselves and will to encourage people to use group sessions, nutritional sessions as well as accompanying participants to community based /leisure centre activities.

The Fit4Life centre will continue to provide monthly maintenance support and will work closely with partners to ensure that the transition from Fit4Life to existing community programmes is appropriate and supports people with complex needs, disabilities or mental illness.