The last 18 months have been incredibly challenging and maintaining healthy habits has been far from easy leaving many people carrying some extra weight.
The latest Better Health campaign is encouraging adults to lose excess weight, eat more healthily and get active.
It follows a nationwide survey of over 5,000 adults which revealed that over 4 in 10 (41%) adults in England say they have put on weight since the first lockdown in March 2020.
The survey demonstrates the extent that lockdowns have impacted people’s eating and physical activity habits, with nearly half (46%) of those who reported gaining weight citing snacking and comfort eating as the main contributor.
A high proportion (89%) of adults who said they had gained weight since March 2020 said it was important for them to introduce new healthy habits.
NHS endorsed support
The campaign offers free evidence-based support and guidance to those working towards a healthier weight. There are a variety of NHS endorsed apps which will help you introduce changes that will help you eat better and get active, including the newly updated NHS Weight Loss Plan app.
New research, due to be published shortly by Public Health England, suggests that those who used and followed the NHS Weight Loss Plan app over 12 weeks, reported a loss on average of almost a stone (5.8kg).
There’s also lots of free local support from the Healthy Knowsley Service. For free, confidential one to one telephone or video call support telephone the Healthy Knowsley Hub on 0800 0731 202 – and arrange to speak to one of the wellbeing coaches for personalised support to suit you or visit the Healthy Knowsley website.
There are some great green spaces and parks in Knowsley for you to explore too! All activity counts towards keeping active, even housework, gardening and dancing in your kitchen!
Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health, said:
“The pandemic has been hugely challenging for everyone. Our daily routines have been impacted and maintaining healthy habits has been far from easy, so it is no surprise that so many people are reporting weight gain.
“If you want to get healthier you don’t have to do it alone as there’s lots of fantastic, free local support available – and the Better Health campaign. It provides a wide range of free tools and support – including an easy to use phone app – to support you to eat healthier, get active and lose weight.”
Linda Robson, TV presenter and actress said:
“I can definitely relate to having slipped a bit during lockdowns – in fact I actually gained over a stone myself! People shouldn’t feel guilty for having put on weight, especially after the year we’ve had – we’ve all had to just try and get through it the best we can. However, this summer I want to get my health on track and look to lose some weight. I know it can feel hard, but the Better Health apps are a great place to start, I’ve started eating some of the Better Health recipes – they are dead easy to do and taste great!”
Search ‘Better Health’ or visit nhs.uk/betterhealth for free tools and support to help you make healthy changes and to find out more about the free, local support available visit the Healthy Knowsley website