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With obesity levels rising in the UK, why not take up the opportunity of joining a free 12 week weight management programme from Horsham District Wellbeing?

The service offers weight management programmes designed to teach individuals the basic principles of healthy eating and exercise.

This provides the tools needed to change behaviours and maintain a healthy weight.

Figures show that in the UK 24 per cent of men, 26 per cent of women, 19.2 per cent of 10 to 11 year olds and 9.5 per cent of four to five year olds are classed as obese.

Being overweight and obese can increase the risk factors of getting coronary heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, sleep disorders such as sleep Apnea, and some cancers.

The levels of men and women suffering from high blood pressure and being admitted to hospital through weight related issues are increasing every year, which puts pressure on the already stretched health service.

So why are people getting obese?

-easy access to foods high in sugars, fats and salts

-lack of education around healthy eating principles and behaviours

-energy imbalance from eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity

-inactivity through more inactive jobs and pastimes

-increasing use of cars and public transport as opposed to walking

There are many ways to get more active, some of which are even free, and even small changes to diet can help to get that important five a day.

Sue Rogers (Con, Steyning), Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Healthier District, said:

“These weight management courses are a great initiative to support those looking to have a healthier lifestyle but need a helping hand in getting there.

“I encourage anyone interested to speak to the Wellbeing team to find out more about these helpful programmes.”

Small group sessions on the weight management courses are starting soon so please contact Horsham District Wellbeing for more information.

Visit the website www.horshamdistrictwellbeing.org.uk or call 01403 215111.

Horsham District Wellbeing is a free, friendly and impartial service delivered by Horsham District Council and partners, which is funded by public Health at West Sussex County Council.