Laura Sharman 01 July 2021

Councils secure funding for new weight management services

Councils secure funding for new weight management services image

Councils will receive £30m of new funding to help adults achieve a healthier weight and improve wellbeing.

The money will be used to expand services for adults living with obesity and will include 12-week sessions with dietary advice and physical activity guidance.

The Government has also announced 11 local authorities will trial new ways of improving access to services for up to 6,000 children living with excess weight or obesity.

Cllr David Fothergill, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: 'These targeted programmes, which are free to access for people who are living with overweight or obesity, can bring about significant health benefits such as reducing pressure on joints, lowering the risk of cancer, preventing type two diabetes, cutting cholesterol and easing high blood pressure.

'The new weight management services announced today is a positive step and a reflection of our shared commitment with national government to tackling obesity and helping our communities live healthier and more active lives.'

The Government has also provided £12m funding for the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme to support obese adults who also have a diagnosis of either diabetes, high blood pressure or both.

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