Weight management groups and support
Eating a healthy, balanced diet and moving more is an important part of maintaining good health and helping you to feel your best.
Information and advice
We offer a range of guidance about healthy eating and physical activity, and we can direct you to helpful NHS resources.
Eat well for less
Do you want to eat healthily but have a tight budget? Visit our Healthy eating page for tips about keeping the costs low.
Get moving more
Moving more means aiming to do some physical activity every day – this is recommended in national guidelines. Start small by finding easy ways to fit more activity into your daily life and build up from there. It could be a daily walk or walking up the stairs.
National guidelines also suggest that adults should aim to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity every week. This works out at 22 minutes a day.
Get more inspiration to stay active for 22 minutes every day of the week by visiting our Physical activity pages.
Check your body mass index (BMI)
You can learn more about your body mass index (BMI) to find out if you are a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can put you at risk of many health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some types of cancer.
You may benefit from a structured group weight-loss programme to receive additional support from trained staff.
Visit Better Health
The NHS Better Health service offers free advice about healthy eating and an active lifestyle for the whole family. It promotes a range of mobile apps which can help with:
- Weight loss
- Making healthier food swaps
- Meal planning
- Getting off the couch to move more
Weight loss programme for Wandsworth residents
Making a change for life does not need to be difficult. With a little help, it can be really rewarding and fun.
As part of our Adult Weight Management service, we offer residents a 12-week weight-loss programme run by Enable Leisure and Culture.
It is a free service consists of group sessions and additional support in between meetings for up to one year. The 12 weekly sessions cover:
- Group physical activities with a qualified exercise instructor – activities are adjusted based on ability
- Healthy eating and nutrition educational sessions with qualified nutritionists, including cooking on a budget
- Peer and coaching support
Speak to your GP surgery or the Wandsworth Wellbeing Hub to be referred to the service.
For more information and to find out if you are eligible for the new service, you can email: email@example.com.
The previous providers of the programme were Slimming World and Weight Watchers who honoured existing vouchers until 15 April 2023. The programme has changed to a new provider, Enable Leisure and Culture from 16 April 2023.
Guys Get Active
The Guys Get Active programme is a 10-week community healthy lifestyle programme specifically designed for men. It includes:
- Weekly one-to-one nutrition consultations to discuss individual diets and behaviours around food
- Weekly exercise classes such as strength and football sessions, as well as an online exercise class via Zoom
- Coaching and peer support from people going through the programme
- Practical tips and encouragement through different platforms, including the programme’s WhatsApp group and in-person pre-exercise session meetups
During the 10-week programme, participants will have free access to join the following Enable gyms:
- Battersea Park Millennium Arena
- Tooting Bec Athletics Track & Gym
- Barn Elms Sports Centre
- Battersea Sports Centre
Other available support
The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension or both. The programme aims to help adults manage their weight and improve their health.
It is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme that can be accessed via a smartphone or computer with internet access.
Speak to your GP or a local pharmacist who can refer you to this or another appropriate programme.
The NHS has also teamed with commercial weight loss plans to create a special offer for those wanting to lose weight. Find out more.