For immediate release: November 2016

North Somerset Council extends partnership with Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers has been commissioned by North Somerset Council to continue supporting local residents over the age of 18 who want to lose weight and have been identified as obese for at least the next two years.

The partnership, which has been in place since 2013, enables health professionals such as a GP or Practice Nurse to refer locals to the service. To those eligible, Weight Watchers is offering a free tailored service which includes digital support as well as being able to join a weekly weight loss group for 12 weeks. It is hoped that by taking up this service, individuals will lose at least five per cent of their initial body weight, which will have a significant impact on their current and future health.

Aileen Grove, 39, from Weston-super-Mare was referred by her GP surgery and has lost just under three stones on Weight Watchers, bringing her weight down to 11st 3lbs. Aileen gained weight after her second child but is now able to cook the whole family healthy meals following the Weight Watchers SmartPoints plan.

Aileen commented: “I am so grateful that I visited my doctor and was referred to Weight Watchers after struggling with my weight for so long. The plan was easy to follow and I was able to continue cooking the same meals for the whole family. We would always walk to the shops instead of drive and I was worrying about going back to work with my energy levels so low. However, with three stone less of me and a healthier lifestyle in general, I have the energy to work and still have fun with my children.”

Jo Measures, Head of Health at Weight Watchers said: “We are incredibly pleased to be working with North Somerset Council’s Public Health team to continue offering this service to residents. Weight Watchers has a proven track record of providing weight management plans that have tangible results for those who use our services; plans which can be incorporated into an individual’s lifestyle in a sustainable way. Our flexible and balanced approach to weight management has helped millions of people find their way to a healthy and happier life and we look forward to continuing to support this area.”

Natalie Field, Director of Public Health at North Somerset Council, said: “Our Public Health team has been working in partnership with Weight Watchers for a number of years, and we look forward to the further roll-out of their very successful weight loss scheme in North Somerset.

“Weight Watchers continues to deliver impressive results for our patients, with 73% of North Somerset patients completing the full 12 weeks support having lost 5% or more of their body weight.

“We have made a number of changes to the service to further improve the patient experience, increase the capacity of the service, make it easier for health professionals to make referrals and help more people in North Somerset lose weight.”

For further information on Weight Watchers Health Solutions services, please visit: https://www.weightwatchers.com/uk/what-we-offer/healthcare

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NOTES TO EDITORS
For more information and interview opportunities, please contact the Weight Watchers press office at Shine at The Academy on 020 7100 7100 or weightwatchers@shinecom.com 

To be eligible residents need to:

Be aged 18 or over
Be identified as obese (≥30 or ≥28 for BME groups)
Be identified as overweight with a BMI ≥28 AND with a co-morbidity that is adversely affected by their weight

To include hypertension, muscular skeletal disorders, Cardiovascular disease risk, asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure

Not have a known eating disorder
Not be pregnant (for the main service – however a service tailored to meet the needs of pregnant women is also available)
Be resident in the administrative county of Hampshire or registered with a Hampshire GP
Have not previously attended self-funded sessions (with a multi-component weight management provider) in the 3 months prior to referral

The Body Mass Index is a calculation of body fat that takes into account your age, weight and height. 25-29.9 = overweight, 30-34.9 is obese and 35 and above is morbidly obese.

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