Promoting a healthy weight

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The rapid rise of obesity has been attributed to the changing physical, social and cultural environment of modern living. These days, ’modern life’ can mean that we’re a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don’t move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. This has overpowered our inbuilt ability to manage our energy needs.

Carrying too much body fat and being overweight isn't just about the way we look, it has significant health risks. Individuals with a BMI greater than 40 are likely to die on average 11 years earlier than those with a healthy weight. It can lead to more aches and pains, problems sleeping and people report a loss of energy and confidence. It also increases our chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Furthermore, social stigmatisation and bullying are common and can, in some cases, lead to depression and other mental health conditions.

Programmes in Stoke-on-Trent:


If you are interested in finding out more about what you can do to be more active locally please click here


One You Active 10

We have launched a new drive to encourage adults to get more active. The new Active 10 campaign aims to get people walking briskly everyday in bursts of ten minutes or more to get their daily dose of exercise.
Download the free Active 10 app which shows how much brisk walking you are doing and where you can fit more ten minute bursts of brisk walking into your day.
Find out more by clicking here.

Download the app at: 


Change4Life Be Food Smart campaign

A new campaign that highlights the surprising amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt found in everyday food and drink has been launched to encourage parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take control of their children’s diet by making healthier food and drink choices.

The free app works by scanning the barcode of products, revealing the total sugar, saturated fat and salt inside and providing hints and tips adults plus fun food detectives activities for kids.  Click here to find out more and download the app


Eating Well

Despite what you see in some diet books and TV programmes, healthy eating can be really straightforward. Click here for information on the NHS Choices website.


Moving more

What counts as exercise?

There are many ways that busy mums, families, young people, office workers and older adults can build physical activity into their lives. Click here for information on the NHS Choices website.

Other great information on being more active and eating healthily can be found at:


Helpful apps that you can download on your smart phone


Goal Setting

It's good to think about some small goals that you can set yourself to help to keep you on track.  Goals can be diet-orientated such as "I will not eat pudding for the next two weeks", or exercise-orientated such as "I will aim to be more active for 30 additional minutes this week".

To view information on smart goal setting please click here.


Diet and exercise diary

Sometimes we can eat more than we think without realising.  Keeping a daily record of what you have eaten can really help you to notice this and make changes. The same is true of exercise, and looking back to see how you've done can be really motivating.

To download an example food diary please click here

To download an example exercise diary please click here

They are essentially blank tables for you to complete each day for two weeks, should you wish to.