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Weight management service launches in Bracknell Forest

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Everyone Health, a new adult weight management service for those living or working in Bracknell Forest, has launched.

Everyone Health will support residents to achieve a healthy weight through a combination of healthy eating, physical activity, and behaviour change support, focusing on aspects that are often the hardest to change, such as motivation and bad habits.

From 2018 to 2020 the percentage of adults classified as overweight or obese in Bracknell Forest rose from 61.4% to 65.6%. Therefore, the service will also be working to address health inequalities amongst Bracknell Forest, by focusing on support for identified groups where obesity rates are higher. Residents will be able to access 12 weeks of face to face or online sessions for free to aid them to successfully lose weight.

Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said:

“Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and type two diabetes, as well as being more susceptible to major illness when contracting COVID-19.

“We know that losing weight can also be difficult and not one approach works for everyone, but by providing the right service it means we can help residents and our community to adopt healthy behaviours, such as eating more healthily or being more physically active. It’s not just about going on a diet; it’s about understanding how to keep the weight off and how certain habits can be bad for you and your family.

“It’s important we help residents access services that are convenient for them. If you have a BMI of 30kg/m2 or above, or 27kg/m2 if you are from an ethnic minority group, you can self-refer into the programme and have an option of either attending online or face to face sessions in the community.”

To get help from the new service, contact Everyone Health on 0333 005 0095, or by emailing eh.bracknellforest@nhs.net