Healthy Weight – general resources and options
There are lots of things that can have an impact on being a healthy weight. As well as eating more healthily, you might want to look at other things such as improving your sleep, relaxing more, moving more, counselling services and reducing alcohol intake. You may want to get support online, in person, by yourself or in a group. There are lots of ways to get started. If you want help working out the best option for you, please contact Health Connections Mendip and we can book you a consultation with a Health Connector. Below are a few options:
1. You can have a look at the NHS Better Health website which has details of the free 12-week NHS Weight Loss Plan and offers discounts on well known national healthy eating plans and groups, including Slimming World, GetSlim, The Body Coach app, Weight Watchers, Second Nature and Healthier for Life. You do not need a GP referral – just visit the Better Health website here. https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/lose-weight/
2. You can join Health Connections Mendip’s Be Healthy, Be Happy programme. Each week focuses on a different topic along with peer support and goal setting. Just contact Health Connections Mendip or visit our website to find out when the next programme is available near you.
3. You can have a look at the Health Connections Mendip website and browse our Healthy Weight resources and our directory of services where you will find lots of community groups and services that might be of interest to you, such as walking groups, stop smoking services, places to make new friends, support for your mental health and much more.
4. If you are at high risk of type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible for the free NHS Healthier You service, which will help you to eat more healthily, lose weight and get more physically active. Take this quick and easy test to find out if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes. If you have a score greater than 16 you can self refer to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Program here. https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/know-your-risk-dtc/
Alternatively if you have a recent HbA1c reading from your GP surgery, the date the test was taken and your NHS number you can provide these details online using our self-referral form available here https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/self-referral/
5. If you need a bit of extra help to discuss your options and explore what might best help you, then do contact Health Connections Mendip and a Health Connector can work alongside you to help develop a plan that is based on what matters to you.
See below for Health Connections Mendip contact details.