Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and wellbeing and for reducing the risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breathing issues and certain cancers.
How much a person should weigh is dependent on many individual factors. Measures such as the Body Mass Index (BMI) is very popular but should only be used as a reference. Adopting health focused self-care through regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet and getting sufficient sleep are positive steps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Support for NHS Colleagues
Digital weight management programme for NHS staff
This programme provides online access to a 12-week weight management programme, personally tailored to support the journey to a healthier lifestyle. As a digital programme, it can be used anywhere, allowing you to complete the programme in your own time, at a pace that works for you.
Colleagues are eligible to register for this programme if:
- You are a member of staff working in the NHS (working in any role, including bank staff and staff on temporary contracts) with a valid NHS email address.
- You are over 18 years of age.
- You have a BMI of 30 or greater (this is lowered to 27.5 or greater for people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, as these groups are at an increased risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI). As this programme develops, the intention is to extend eligibility to anyone with a BMI of 25 or greater (or 23 or greater for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups) in the near future.
Self-referral Website: https://staff.wmp.nhs.uk/
Support for NHS colleagues, non-NHS colleagues and members of the public
NHS weight loss – 12 week diet and exercise plan
This plan is available to everyone and features:
- Safe and sustainable weight loss tools
- Advice on healthy food choices
- Exercise plans – record physical activity and progress
To help to support people to make healthier choices, the NHS Better Health campaign provides a suite of free apps and tools that support adults to make better food choices and become more active. It features:
- Free NHS Weight Loss Plan to support healthy eating habits and physical activity
- Easy Meals App, Food Scanner App and Drink Free Days App
- Physical Activity tools
- BMI Calculator
NHS Digital Weight Management Programme
The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health. It is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme that people can access via a smartphone or computer with internet access.