Press release: 29 Sept 2016 | WW UK

For immediate release: September 2016

New weight management service for Hampshire

A new weight management service is launching on 1st October to help Hampshire residents lose weight to improve their health and wellbeing.  Weight Watchers has been commissioned by Hampshire County Council to support those adults over the age of 18 who want to lose weight and have been identified as obese.

For the first time ever, people can self-refer to the service or be referred by health professionals such as their GP or Practice Nurse.   Weight Watchers are offering, to those who are eligible, a free tailored service which includes digital support as well as being able to join a weight loss group for 12 weeks.  It is hoped that by taking up this new service, individuals will lose at least 5 per cent of their initial body weight, which will have a significant impact on their current and future health.

A separate service for pregnant women, to encourage healthy eating and physical activity throughout their pregnancy will also commence on 1st October.

Jo Measures, Head of Health at Weight Watchers said: “We are incredibly pleased to be working with Hampshire County Council’s Public Health team to offer this service to Hampshire 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.”

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Health and Public Health, said:  “Almost 7 in 10 of Hampshire’s adults are overweight or obese and the cost to the NHS in Hampshire of managing diseases related to excess weight and obesity estimated at almost £340 million per year. Therefore, I am delighted this new service provided by Weight Watchers is being launched in line with our Healthy Weights Strategy, and support residents across the county, especially those most at risk of ill health, and provide them with the advice they need.” 

For further information on Weight Watchers Health Solutions services, please visit: www.weightwatchers.com/uk/official-eating-officer.

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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.

ABOUT WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world’s leading commercial provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. Weight Watchers holds more than 32,000 meetings each week where members receive group support and learn about healthy eating patterns, behaviour modification and physical activity. Weight Watchers provides innovative, digital weight management products through its websites, mobile sites and apps. Weight Watchers is the leading provider of paid digital subscription weight management products in the world. Weight Watchers offers a wide range of food products, publications and programmes for those interested in a healthier lifestyle.

ABOUT HAMPSHIRE’S HEALTHY WEIGHT STRATEGY

Since 2013, Hampshire County Council has a responsibility in the delivery of Public Health. The Authority is responsible for determining the health and wellbeing priorities for Hampshire through the Health and Wellbeing Board which includes GPs and other partners, and for delivering specific public health services county-wide, including sexual health services, NHS Health Checks and the National Child Measurement Programme, public health advice to NHS Commissioners and health protection.

Hampshire County Council’s ‘Hampshire Healthy Weights Strategy 2015-19’ is working to tackle obesity by:

supporting an environment that enables people to make physical activity and healthy eating the easy choice
encouraging positive lifestyle changes that enable people to improve their health and have a healthy weight
providing access to weight management interventions for those already overweight and obese
reducing inequalities by focussing on those people and populations most at risk.

The strategy can be found at: www.hants.gov.uk/healthyweights