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Hertfordshire County Council

A healthy lifestyle gives you more energy and reduces the risk of illness. Check your BMI to find out if you're a healthy weight, then find out how to change your daily eating habits below.

Adult weight management

Local weight management support groups

WW (formerly Weightwatchers)

A free 12-week subscription to the WW programme includes the opportunity to attend weekly group workshops (virtual or in-person) as well as full access to all WW digital support, including more than 2,000 recipes, on-demand workouts and a range of meal planning tools. An online-only support programme is also available.

Am I eligible for free WW support?

To qualify for the free WW programme you need to:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be living in Hertfordshire or registered at a Hertfordshire GP
  • have a BMI of >30
  • have not previously self-funded to WW in the last 3 months
  • have not been referred by your GP and attended WW in the past 18 months.

Find out more and sign up at www.ww.com/uk/hertfordshire or ask your GP or other healthcare professional to refer you directly.

 
Shape Up

A free, exercise-based weight management groups for men, the Shape Up programme runs in several districts across Hertfordshire, via Watford FC Trust.

Shape Up supports any 18 to 65-year-old male living in Hertfordshire with a BMI of above 30 or 27.5 if you are from a BAME community or have a long-term condition.  The programme engages men in a fun and effective way, using group exercise and sport to improve fitness and support weight loss.

 

NHS 12 week weight loss guide

The NHS 12 week weight loss guide includes a meal plan and a schedule to help you track your food and exercise.

 

British Heart Foundation - take control of your weight

Top tips for successful weight loss, simple food swaps and how to stay active after a heart event - all available for free at Taking control of your weight - British Heart Foundation (bhf.org.uk).

 

Advice for families

Pregnancy and the early years

  • NHS - healthy diet during pregnancy – including information on supplements, foods to avoid, free Healthy Start vitamins and food vouchers.
  • The free digital Health and Wellness in Pregnancy programme is led by qualified dieticians and offers health, weight and wellness support throughout pregnancy. Referral criteria applies. Ask your GP or midwife to refer you directly.
  • Start4Life – healthy eating advice from pregnancy until your child's second birthday.

 

Children and families

  • Change 4 Life – how to help your child maintain a healthy weight and stay active.
  • Beezee Families – a free programme for helping the whole family maintain a healthy weight.
  • Food facts – find out what’s in the food your family eats.
  • Free school meals – how to access benefits-related free school meals.

 

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NHS Weight Loss Plan

A 12-week plan to help you lose weight.

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Active 10 app

Build up your daily walks – start with 10 minutes every day!

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Easy Meals app

Meal ideas, recipes, cooking tips.

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Food Scanner app

Find out what's really in your food and drink.

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