Work towards a healthier weight
A national campaign to encourage millions of adults to kick start their health and reduce the risk of serious illness, including COVID-19, has won the backing of Richmondshire District Council.
The ‘Better Health’ initiative was unveiled as part of the government’s new Obesity Strategy, encouraging adults to introduce changes that will help them work towards a healthier weight. It includes a suite of free tools and apps supporting people to eat better, drink less alcohol and get active, including a new app for the free 12 week NHS Weight Loss Plan.
It supports the council’s own weight loss programme, Choose to Lose, which is free to anyone:
- aged 18 years or over
- with a BMI (Body Mass Index) equal to or greater than 25
- that is a resident or registered with a GP practice in North Yorkshire
- working for an organisation based in North Yorkshire
Choose to Lose, which is funded by North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and delivered by Richmondshire District Council, is made up of a 12 week structured weight management programme, plus a 12 week maintenance programme for those who achieve 5% weight loss in their first 12 weeks. The programme offers support from qualified Weight Management Advisors and group support to achieve individual goals.
“Many people have used lockdown as an opportunity to change habits and adopt healthier behaviours, yet research has shown over half the population has found it harder to stay healthy during this time,” said Richmondshire District Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.
“While staying active is important to help lose weight, and keep it off, improving diet is most critical as most people consume more calories than they need. We hope to see more people take part in these programmes and help reduce their risk of serious illness as a result.”
To sign up visit our Choose to Lose page.