At any stage in life, keeping a healthy weight is important for our health.
Becoming overweight or obese increases our risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) score can tell us if we’re a healthy weight for our height, and is used widely in the UK. See what your BMI is.
Achieving a healthy weight has many health benefits. Making small changes to what you eat and drink and moving more can really help towards this.
In Greenwich, there are lots of local programmes, which run all year round, to help you achieve a healthy weight:
‘A Taste of Health’ is a 5-week Community Cookery Club. It supports you to make small changes in the kitchen that can make a big difference to your diet and health. Call 0800 470 4831 to book your place! ‘Xplore’ is an 8-week healthy lifestyle programme. It helps children, young people and their families to be healthier and more active.
The programmes below are open access so there’s no need to book; just show up and join in:
‘Active Addicks’ offers healthy lifestyle support to men and women aged 27-65 who have a BMI of 30+. Call the Live Well Greenwich Line on 0800 470 4831 to speak to a friendly advisor who can tell you more about the programme.
‘Active for Health’ offers a whole range of group exercise classes to help people over 50 manage their weight. Sessions are suitable for all levels of ability. See what sessions are running near you.
‘4 Healthy Weight Greenwich’ offers a more intensive, specialist weight management service for people with a BMI of 35+. To be able to take part you must be referred either by your GP or practice nurse.
Find out more
For information and guidance on managing your weight visit NHS Choices. For more support managing your child’s weight, please visit Change4Life for some simple, practical tips.