Healthy weight: physical activity and healthy eating in adults

Being overweight or obese can lead to many health problems including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even some cancers. The council wants to support you to achieve a healthy weight, which could help reduce your risk of a serious illness.

You can find more information on losing weight on the NHS website

Are there any local weight management services?

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adult Weight Management Service is being delivered through a ‘remote offer’.

Tier 2 Adult Weight Management Service

You may be able to get support to achieve a healthy weight from our Tier 2 weight management service.

Eligibility

This service is for residents or those registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets. You must:

  • have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more
  • or have a BMI of 27.5 if you are South Asian

You can find your BMI using the BMI calculator.

Change for Good by Social Action for Health

Change for Good is a free online weight-management programme. Which brings people together to encourage and support each other to make simple and healthy lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep the weight off, for good.

Run by local qualified and experienced tutors, it follows an NHS approved programme. Which covers nutritional and lifestyle topics each week.

Group size

  • 12 to 15 people

How often do you meet?

  • Weekly (both daytime and evening options)

How long is the programme?

  • 12 weeks

Contact

If you have any questions or need help calculating your BMI 

Tel: 020 8510 1970

Text: 07969 023 218

Email: lch.changeforgood@nhs.net

ShapeUp4Life Tower Hamlets by Solutions 4 Health

ShapeUp4Life Tower Hamlets is a free, unique programme designed by expert dietitians, nutritionists, and personal trainers. 

Sessions are interactive and discussion based. A social media group is also open to participants to increase motivation, share ideas and group support.

With simple, easy, and effective ways to help you lose weight and monitor what you eat, you’ll be able to take control of your lifestyle.

Group size

  • 10 people

How often do you meet?

  • Weekly (30 to 45 minutes group or conference call)

How long is the programme?

  • 12 weeks

Contact

Tel: 0800 246 5877

Email: SU4L.towerhamlets@nhs.net

ShapeUp4Life Online

ShapeUp4Life Online is an online programme with access to weekly sessions and information including free recipes and snack ideas. Developed by experts and the NHS these healthy foods contain a balanced mix of nutrients helping you to eat well and enjoy your meals.

See your amazing weight loss journey on your personalised dashboard. Set yourself goals and share ideas with other successful ShapeUp4Life members. It focuses on core modules that have been proven to help people lose weight, get fitter and keep it off.

How long is the programme?

  • 12 weeks

Slimming World

Slimming World offers weekly group support to help you make gradual changes towards a healthy lifestyle.

The Food Optimising eating plan is based around satisfying your appetite. Eat healthy everyday foods like:

  • fruit and vegetables,
  • pasta,
  • potatoes,
  • eggs,
  • fish,
  • lean meat and
  • chicken so that you never go hungry.

It’s a long term plan, not a quick fix, so no food is banned. Whatever your favourite treat is, you can still enjoy it in moderation.

Slimming World’s optional Body Magic programme motivates you to become more active gradually, when you feel ready. It works by redefining what is seen as activity. So anything that gets you moving more, from washing the car to walking the dog, is rewarded and counts towards your weekly total.

The new package will include access to a weekly ‘virtual’ group using video conferencing platform. A Slimming World Consultant will host their group and invite members to join from home to continue to get support to make healthier food choices and find new ways to stay active indoors.

All of this will be combined with ongoing use of social media, and access to Slimming World’s app and member-only website LifelineOnline.

Contact

For further information and to check that you are eligible

Tel: 01773 302459

Tier 3 Adults Weight Management Service

Our Way to Wellness weight management service (tier 3 service) is delivered by Oviva and is free for eligible residents.

Eligibility

This service is for residents who have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more and have a long term condition such as diabetes.

People are also eligible if they have BMI of 40 without a long term condition. People who are South Asian can access the service with a lower BMI of 33.

You can find out your BMI using this the BMI calculator.

Programme description

Way to Wellness is a 12 month programme that aims to help residents lose weight and improve their overall health with personalised support from a team of healthcare professionals.

It starts with intensive coaching for 3 months to help make new healthy habits, followed by 9 months of support to help people to keep the weight off for good.

Residents can either choose to join group sessions or have 1-2-1 coaching over the telephone or via the Oviva app, meaning they don't need to travel for appointments.

Both options offer support from a healthcare team including dietitians, health coaches, psychologists, psychological wellbeing practitioners and exercise therapists.

Referral

If you feel you would benefit from dedicated support to improve your health, please speak to your GP practice to see if you are eligible to join Oviva Way to Wellness, or sign up to the programme online.

Are there any other ways for me to get more active?

Sports and physical activity

The council offers a range of activities that people can get involved in, including  specific activities for people over 50 and women only.

Adults over 50

The Young@Heart programme offers a range of activities at leisure centres across the borough.

Women-only

These sessions give women and girls the choice of 12 single-sex swimming sessions which take place every week.

Free swimming for all

Residents can swim at no charge on Free Swim Friday from 9am until the pool closes (during public swimming times).

To find out more and view a full list of activities, visit our sport page or email sports@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Healthy Families Programme

This programme supports families and vulnerable groups to make it easier for them to lead a healthy life. The programme helps people to make healthier food choices, enjoy a more active lifestyle, develop self-confidence and maintain emotional and mental wellbeing.   

Eligibility

Parents, carers and families with children aged from 0 to 11 years and children with special needs or disabilities (all ages).

Please contact Denise De-Goze to find out more

Tel: 0207 364 0971

Email: Denise.De-goze@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Community navigators

Community Navigators are on-site at Idea Stores Chrisp Street, Watney Market and Whitechapel to provide support and information on health and wellbeing as well as finances, employment, education, housing and social activities. They can help you to identify your needs, set goals and find the right service to make the changes you want using our online tool, the Wellbeing Wheel.

Outdoor gyms

There are urban outdoor gyms in parks across Tower Hamlets that people can use to get active and improve their fitness. The free and easily accessed gyms can incude parallel bars, cross trainers, smart energy hand bikes, benches and sprint tracks.

The gyms are based at the following locations:

  • Millwall Park, Manchester Road, E14
  • Ropewalk Gardens, E1
  • Shandy Park, Harford Street, E1
  • Sir John McDougall Gardens, Westferry Road, E14
  • Rounton Road Park, Rounton Road, E3
  • Jolly's Green, Joshua Street, E14
  • Pollard Square, Pollard Row E2