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

What are the local weight management services?

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

Community weight management service

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


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 12-week online programme that focuses on how you can make positive lifestyle choices in your day to day. 

One focus of the course is weight loss, and the team approach this in a holistic way. The group will explore together what a healthy diet is.

You will learn skills to help you:

  • set achievable goals
  • control cravings
  • prevent weight regain 

The group will also look at how you can start healthy, long-term habits in a steady and safe way. 

Support from your peers is a strong way to stay motivated. This is central to the course. The team want to bring people together in an encouraging and supportive way. 

You can also share experiences and hear inspirational stories from your peers. This is a good reminder that you are all on this journey together. 

The course is made up of 12 one-hour sessions which run over 12 weeks.

Sessions will be run in different languages by local, qualified, and experienced tutors. 

Sign up for Change for Good

Contact Change for Good

If you have any questions or need help working out your body mass index (BMI).

Tel: 07969 023 218


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.

As a member, you will be motivated and encouraged in hour long weekly sessions run over 12 weeks.

It’s a warm, supportive environment. Alongside your fellow slimmers, you can share:

  • experiences
  • recipes
  • ideas

Groups are led by trained Slimming World Consultants. All are former members and have lost weight on the plan themselves. 

Your weight always remains confidential.

While your weight losses and gradual changes towards a healthy lifestyle are celebrated. 

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


For further information and to check that you are eligible

Tel: 01773 302459

Way to wellness specialist weight management service

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


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.


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.


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

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.   


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


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