Weight Watchers® health solutions has been designed in close consultation with healthcare professionals to deliver effective, sustainable and cost effective weight management programmes for local communities.

Get in touch with the health solutions team call: 01628 415 287
or email: referral@weight-watchers.co.uk

Weight Watchers health solutions works with Public Health and the NHS to tackle unhealthy lifestyles and weight in local communities; offering a range of services that deliver to local priorities, including tier 2 weight management, diabetes prevention and diabetes structured education programmes.


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Weight Watchers Works
Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of weight management services. Since 1963, we’ve helped millions of people achieve healthy, sustained weight loss. Every week, approximately 1.3 million members attend almost 50,000 Weight Watchers meetings in over 30 countries around the world. In Britain, 1,300 expert Coaches run meetings in over 5,000 locations.

Our approach is based on the latest scientific thinking, has robust governance and a comprehensive evidence base, including independent randomised controlled trials run in Britain.

A holistic approach
We know that healthy living success for our members goes beyond just a number on the scales. It’s a combination of how they feel, their confidence, health and happiness. Our approach encompasses the elements that empower our members to adopt a healthier lifestyle; healthy eating, fitness and positive psychology. Through this multi-layered approach, we make sure that an individual’s programme is tailored to their unique needs, transforming not only the way they eat but also the way they move and – most powerfully – their holistic wellbeing.

Effective health solutions
Since 2005 Weight Watchers has working partnership with hundreds of health organisations, integrating a range of local referral and recruitment methods, including health professional referral and self-referral. This partnership model has been proven to be a cost effective, safe, scalable and sustainable solution that delivers medically significant weight loss, through local community based meetings and / or digital programmes. Compliant with data governance and NICE and SIGN best practice guidance, Weight Watchers offers a simple to integrate, ready to implement solution.

The unrivalled strength and reach of the Weight Watchers brand, coupled with a strong evidence base that solutions work across a range of demographics, gives a unique advantage in helping health organisations to reduce inequalities by enabling them to better attract and treat their hard-to-reach and lower socio-economic groups.

Why choose Weight Watchers
Independent research1 showed that Weight Watchers outscored all major commercial and NHS providers on all five tests for patient outcomes:

*p<0.05, **p</=0.001. All data analysed as intention to treat.

 

An independent, national audit of almost 30,000 patients who were referred to Weight Watchers by 74 different organisations demonstrated consistent outcomes when the intervention was used in routine health practices at scale; delivering an average weight loss of 3.3% and 5.5% of initial weight, for all referrals and completers respectively2.

Patients who attended Weight Watchers were significantly more likely to lose weight and to achieve 5kg or 5% weight loss than those attending Slimming World. In addition, all cost measures were lower for Weight Watchers3.

“Two independent trials1,3 both showed Weight Watchers to be the best value for money of any of the NHS or commercial weight management providers under evaluation”.

Patients choose Weight Watchers and would recommend to family and friends

Independent research showed, within a range of interventions evaluated, Weight Watchers to be the provider of choice for referral patients. And, patients referred to Weight Watchers had the highest attendance rates; with 70% attending 50% or more sessions1. 93% of people referred to Weight Watchers would recommended the service to family or friends4.

“We have a range of solutions that can easily fit into your local pathways, for example tier 2 weight management programme, diabetes prevention and a structured diabetes education programme (which is QISMET accredited). Please do get in touch with us if you would like to discuss your local needs. We offer gold standard lifestyle weight management programmes, but as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles are related to so many health issues, we work innovatively to deliver other programmes where weight loss is a core component”  

Zoe Griffiths, Head of Programme and Public Health

 

References:

1 Jolly K et al (2011) Comparison of range of commercial or primary care led weight reduction programmes with minimal intervention control for weight loss in obesity: Lighten up randomised controlled trial. BMJ. Nov 3;343.

2 Ahern A et al (2011) WW on prescription: An observational study of weight change among adults referred to WW by the NHS. BMC Public Health, 11, 434.

3 Dixon K et al (2011) Evaluation of weight loss outcomes for obese adults referred to a choice of three commercial weight management providers. South West Public Health Scientific Conference.

4 Weight Watchers referrals satisfaction survey Q1 2016.

Get in touch and speak to our team call: 01628 415 287
or email: referral@weight-watchers.co.uk