New year, improved you

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A new campaign launched earlier this month aims to encourage adults across the nation to lose excess weight, eat more healthily and get active as we begin the new year. 

‘Better Health’ is working in partnership with 15 weight management and physical activity partners who are providing free and discounted offers. The website will also signpost to local weight management support. 

More than three in five adults (63 per cent of the adult population) are at increased risk from serious diseases and becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 as a result of being overweight. 

From reducing the risk of serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and up to 12 types of cancer, to lowering the chances of being hospitalised with Covid-19, the campaign highlights the serious health conditions which could be prevented by losing excess weight and offers free support and guidance to achieve this goal. 

By improving a person’s lifestyle and being a healthier weight, six benefits have been identified:   

  • Decreased risk of common cancers (colon, liver, pancreas, kidney)  
  • Lowered risk of increased blood pressure   
  • Reduced risk of heart disease  
  • Less risk of developing diabetes  
  • Less strain from chronic back and joint pain   
  • Decreased risk of being hospitalised or becoming seriously ill with Covid-19  

The six benefits list has been created based on evidence cited in the Government’s Obesity Strategy: Tackling Obesity: Empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, alongside NHS and additional sources, to provide the public with motivating reasons to eat better and get active in 2022.   

The campaign offers free evidence-based support and guidance on the Better Health website to motivate adults to kickstart healthy changes.  

Better Health has lots of free tips and tools to help people get started if they want to lose weight, eat better or get active; and the site can help you find additional weight loss support. Visit www.nhs.uk/better-health

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