On Monday 27 th July, Public Health England launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment of health. Better Health
Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity.
The 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 our weight within a healthy range, we can cut our risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.
To improve health and wellbeing, individuals should aim for a BMI below 25 and above 18.52
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) should aim for a BMI below 23 and above 18.5 to avoid risks to health .
To support people to live healthier lives, Public Health England’s Better Health campaign will provide a variety of tools and apps to help you make healthier food choices, become more active and prevent future weight gain.
The Weight Loss Plan app, (you can obtain this on your smart phone via the app store) provides 12 weeks’ worth of engaging content that can be personalised and tailored to the goals and needs of the individual. It helps you 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.
Public Health England is working with weight management providers to offer exclusive discounts across their weight loss programmes. Partners include, Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Get Slim. For full details of these offers and to find out about other Better Health partners, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/