Digital weight management programme for NHS staff
Over 15,000 NHS staff have signed up to the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme since it started in July 2021. This programme is part of a wider commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan, to help people living with obesity who want to improve their health.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules).
The Eatwell Guide
The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.
The Eatwell Guide is a visual representation and divides the foods and drinks we consume into five main food groups.
Daily fluid intake
Most people should aim to drink enough during the day so their pee is a clear pale yellow colour.
It is recommended that people should aim to drink 6 to 8 cups or glasses of fluid a day.
A recent study shows almost 50% of healthcare professionals end their shift dehydrated.
Healthier You – NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
It’s possible for one to develop Type 2 diabetes, but certain factors can increase your risk, such as your age, family history, ethnicity, weight and blood pressure.
NHS colleagues can significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by making small lifestyle changes, with support from your local Healthier You programme.
This programme can help you improve your diet, get more physically active and achieve a healthy weight, with an aim to support you on your journey back to a healthier you.
NHS colleagues can find out if they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes using the Diabetes UK risk tool – it only takes a few minutes and could be the most important thing you do today.
If your score comes back as at moderate or high risk, you’ll be invited to sign up to your free local Healthier You programme. Search ‘Know Your Risk’ or visit www. riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start
- The British Heart Foundation website
- The British Dietetic Association food fact sheet
- Healthier Families recipes
- Budget friendly recipes
- The British Nutrition Foundation – healthy sustainable diets
- Lunchbox leftovers: health ways to save food, time and money
- Seven foods you never knew you could freeze
- Headspace – mindful eating