Wyre Council has been awarded funding by Lancashire County Council’s Public Health department to provide an adult weight management plan for people classed as overweight or obese in Wyre. The council is delighted to be working alongside Slimming World to provide access to a 12 week funded programme starting from 1 February 2021 offering support for people referred by their GP.

The programme will be available to those who live in Wyre or are registered with a GP in the borough who have a body mass index of 30 – 39.9, you can calculate your BMI online at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/.

For the first year, the 12 week programmes will be fully funded and after that the initiative will continue to be offered to those referred at a greatly reduced rate.

Slimming World is a well-established organisation with an effective evidence based programme focusing on nutrition, physical activity and behaviour change. Whilst their in-person groups are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19, their consultants can still offer the same support, friendship and inspiration in a virtual group, which you can attend from the comfort of your home.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community at Wyre Council comments, “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Slimming World to deliver the weight management programme for our residents. 68% of residents in Wyre are classed as overweight or obese and we want to work with Health Professionals to offer a solution. Managing weight is key to reducing other health risks especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. People who are overweight or obese and those at risk from health problems related to being overweight can be referred by their Health professional to the programme. Health professionals will provide all the information needed to get you started with Slimming World, helping you take a positive step towards better health. If this is something you think would benefit you, please speak to your Health professional and they may be able to refer you to the programme.”

For more information and updates on the programme go to www.wyre.gov.uk/weightmanagement