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Adult social care and health

Live a healthier lifestyle

Help to manage your weight

Having a healthy body weight can reduce your risk of a number of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Eating a healthy balanced diet based on the NHS Eatwell guide can give you higher energy levels, improve your sleep and concentration levels as well as protecting you from illness.

Physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy weight but also helps to keep you in good health. It is recommended that adults do at least two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity like cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

The NHS gives advice on healthy eating, physical activity, weight loss, healthy recipes and tackling eating disorders.

Support to manage your weight

Our friendly, qualified health trainers can help you lose weight and generally improve your fitness. 

If you are eligible, your doctor, practice nurse or health trainer can refer you for personalised weight management. We provide this service in partnership with Weight Watchers® Health Solutions, and cover the cost of the first 12 weeks. Contact your doctor’s surgery or health trainer to find out more about the service and see if you’re eligible.

Managing your weight when you are pregnant

Health Exercise Nutrition (HEN) is a healthy lifestyles programme which is available as part of routine antenatal care. HEN offers weekly support to help you have a healthy pregnancy and give your baby the best start in life.

HEN is delivered by registered midwives and our public health lifestyle advisors, and runs for six weekly, one-hour sessions covering topics such as:

  • nutrition for you and baby.
  • being active in pregnancy – includes an activity taster session.
  • wellbeing in pregnancy.
  • support to make healthy changes.
  • staying healthy after birth.

To join HEN you need to be a North Somerset resident and be able to attend at least four sessions. 

Please ask your midwife to refer you to HEN or call 07876 002 037 to speak to our HEN midwife