6 out of 10 adults nationally and in Wiltshire are reported to be overweight. This page is for adults living in Wiltshire to have clear and consistent messages about healthy weight and to know what support is available to help working towards a healthy weight.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is widely recognised as a suitable measure for underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obese. Use the NHS BMI calculator to work out your own BMI to then see below what support is available for you.Being a healthy weight is important to reduce your risks of weight related diseases, such as high blood pressure, stroke, cancers, heart disease as well as mobility problems. It is never too late to get support for your weight despite how many attempts you may have made previously – don’t give up! Close
Being above a healthy weight increases the risks of many diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer. A healthy lifestyle which includes regular physical activity and a healthy balanced diet will help reduce these risk factors.
To find out whether you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes you can take the Diabetes UK online 'Know your risk' assessment.
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What support is available for adults?
What is it?
Shape Up 4 Life (SU4L) is a FREE 12-week Tier 2 Weight Management programme that supports people to lose weight and keep it off long term.
SU4L is run in groups of 12 – 15 people, during the daytime and evening in community settings; sessions are interactive, practical and discussion based.
Each 1.5-hour weekly session consists of a 45-minute nutrition workshop covering topics such as snacking, portion sizes, fats and sugar. Followed by 45 minutes of light exercise such as circuits, boxercise, resistance bands and seated exercise.
The programme focuses on behaviour change, individuals have their weight taken each week and are encouraged to work towards a 5% weight loss goal by week 12; with follow up sessions at 6 and 12 months.
Who is it for?
- People that want to lose weight
- Aged over 16 with a BMI ≥ 30 kg.m² or ≥28 with comorbidities
- Living within Wiltshire
- Appropriate for people with health conditions* such as type 2 diabetes, controlled high blood pressure and depression.
Telephone: 0800 246 5877
To read a Shape Up 4 Life case study, go to the 'weight management service case studies' section at the bottom of this page.
To get support on achieving your healthy lifestyle goals you may want to seek support from our Health Trainers.
The Health trainer team can offer 6 sessions of one-one support for healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking. They will help to build confidence and motivation to enable you to achieve your goals.
To read a Health Trainer case study, go to the 'weight management service case studies' section at the bottom of this page.
Active Health is our scheme for physical activity opportunities for those referred by a medical professional. There can be a range of medical reasons for referral, and a range of exercise programmes available across the county in Leisure Centres and other local facilities at a reduced rate.
To read an Active Health case study, go to the 'weight management service case studies' section at the bottom of this page.
For adults with learning disabilities, they can access our Health Trainer service for weight management/healthy eating/physical activity support. They can also access Slimming World or Weight Watchers with the support of a carer. There are also a range of physical activity opportunities available for adults with learning disabilities.