National Obesity Week

Obesity is one of the greatest threats to health worldwide. Having a poor diet now contributes to more disease than physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol consumption, combined. 1 in 4 UK adults and 1 in 5 UK children are considered obese and these figures have doubled in the last 20 years. 

So how can we tackle Obesity?

It's National Obesity Week and Do something good for JanUary is raising awareness of the condition and encouraging people to do something positive to improve health and overcome obesity. You can do this by regularly exercising and adopting a balanced diet. There are some great resources on the website to support adults and children.

The NHS recommends that we do moderate aerobic exercise 150 minutes a week (that's just 30 minutes 5 days a week) with some strength exercises. It can be cycling, fast walking, and more fun activities like dancing. Here are some more ideas on how to stay fit during the winter.

Healthy eating is also very important when it comes to battling obesity and it doesn't mean having to go hungry. NHS has some great information on how to eat well and has some useful tools like the Change4Life Sugar Smart app which tells you how much sugar is in food and drink products by scanning the barcode. If it's too high then you can swap it for something with less sugar. This app is a fun way to help children make better food and drink choices. You can also read our New Year, New Habits: Eating Well on a Budget blog for more tips to eat well and save money.

It’s always advisable to seek advice from your GP if you decide to make a change whether it’s your diet or exercise regime, so book an appointment today and Do something good forJanUary.

We wish you the best of luck with your healthy new year’s resolution and let us know how you get on!

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