Residents in Bristol are being offered a helping hand to shape up this September with the launch of a new pharmacy weight loss campaign.
In Bristol almost 58 per cent of men, and over half the population, are overweight or obese which can lead to long term conditions such as type II diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
Organised by Public Health Bristol within Bristol City Council, the pharmacy campaign is aimed at overweight men especially those who also have a long-term condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. The campaign will run throughout September and offers Bristol residents free slimming classes to help people achieve their weight loss goals.
During September, residents can pop into their local pharmacy and sign up for free WeightWatchers or Slimming World sessions, which run for 12 weeks at locations across the city. Alternatively, people can ask at their local GP Practice to be referred to the scheme.
Becky Pollard, director of Public Health Bristol, said: “This new campaign is designed to give people the boost they need to start their weight loss journey. Research has shown that results are much better when people receive weekly support and advice. We’ve seen many people succeed with these classes so I’m hoping that Bristol residents will make the most of the free sessions. The classes are friendly, easily accessible and run at many locations across the city – all you need to do is take that first step and give it a go.
“The scheme is open to people with a Body Mass Index of 28 or above. You have to be over 16, registered with a Bristol GP and not already attending a slimming club to be eligible.”
The campaign will be running in all pharmacies in Bristol and staff will be on hand with a range of useful resources such as information leaflets, Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator charts, low calorie recipe cards for tasty meal ideas and fun fridge magnets to help people stay on track.
Councillor Daniella Radice, Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods with responsibility for Public Health, said: “Most of us know the advice about eating the right foods and taking enough exercise, but losing weight is not easy. Our modern lifestyles are often sedentary and promote overeating, often of sugary or fatty foods, so we’re not burning off the calories we consume. The problem in Bristol, as in much of the country, is that half of residents are now overweight. These slimming classes are designed to change the way we look at food and help people to lead healthier, happier lives.”