Don’t wait to lose weight! Support and tools for ‘Better Health’ in Bromley

Published Thursday, 1 October 2020

Extra weight can make it harder for us to fight against COVID-19 and diseases like cancer and heart disease

Public Health Bromley wants residents to be connected with the support and tools available to help them have better health in Bromley and will be signposting to resources to seize this unique moment to help kick start residents’ quest for better health, to eat better and get active.

COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to change fundamentally. But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health. Many have been surprised by how they have been able to change their behaviour through lockdown to make and sustain changes to their lives. Now, Public Health Bromley wants to encourage people in their journey towards having better health.

The Better Health campaign starts by supporting residents on their weight loss journey, but, later, will also provide advice and support for quitting smoking, drinking less and looking after mental health.

Nearly two thirds (63 percent) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. But this extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19. By reducing weight within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID19.

To support people to live healthier lives, the brand-new Better Health webpage is available  from www.bromley.gov.uk/health

Dr Nada Lemic, Director of Public Health for Bromley, said: “It is a matter of record that carrying extra weight has a detrimental effect on health and this has been brought into sharp focus by COVID-19. There has never been a better time to take steps towards better health and the tools to help are available to everyone through the new website. Please take this seriously and have a look at what you can do to improve your health now, one step at a time.”

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Notes to editors:

To improve health and wellbeing, individuals should aim to have a BMI below 25 and above 18.5. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) should aim to have a BMI below 23 and above 18.5 to avoid risks to health. 

The NHS 12-week weight loss plan, available both online and via a new app, promotes evidence based safe and sustainable weight loss. It helps users to make healthier choices, by providing the most up to date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables them to keep track of their calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain. There will also be exclusive offers from other well-known weight management providers to offer further support.