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Healthy lifestyles

Healthy lifestyles

The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t short term dietary changes, it is a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and in the future.
It is natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly, but evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually (1-2 pounds / 0.5-1kg per week) are more likely to maintain that weight loss. For most men, this means sticking to a calorie limit of no more than 1,900kcal a day, and 1,400kcal for most women.
See below for some of the options to help you manage and maintain your weight healthily.

Wellbeing South Somerset

Do you want to find activities, groups or services in the community that could help improve your health and wellbeing? Then have a look at all the support that is available in South Somerset. www.wellbeingsouthsomerset.org


Somerset Health Walks

We run a range of Health Walks in Somerset on a regular basis.  We have a number of starting points around the area and all our walks are rated. Our walking programme is aimed at all levels of fitness and ability from beginners to advanced. The walks vary in distance and are rated by level in our


Somerset Exercise Referral Scheme

The Somerset Exercise Referral Scheme offers activities for those with a diagnosed medical condition. Health Professionals can refer people who will benefit from a personalised physical activity programme to the GP Exercise Referral Scheme. There are over 30 recognised leisure providers in Somerset that are accredited to deliver exercise on referral. Venues include leisure centres, gyms,


Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Somerset cardiac rehab team can help an individual regain confidence, improve quality of life and reduce the chances of further heart issues. They are based at various clinical and community settings around the County, and are accessible following a heart attack, angina treatment with an angioplasty and stents of coronary bypass surgery. Somerset Partnership


Leisure Providers

There are a range of leisure providers in Somerset that deliver both facility based and community activities. Facilities and opportunities at each site will differ, and the provider list below does not include private health clubs or gyms and independent sole traders. Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL): https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/taunton-deane 1610 Ltd: https://www.1610.org.uk/ Fusion Lifestyle: https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/ Kings Fitness:


NHS Health Checks

As one gets older, one has a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. The free NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening, which means one is more likely to enjoy life for longer.   The NHS Health Check is a health


Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Training resources for staff are a key element of a Making Every


Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB’s)

Past studies have suggested that a link between health outcomes and green space is due to increased levels of physical activity of individuals living in areas with more green space. Somerset has an abundance of green space, and various AONB’s to explore. Support is offered at all of Somerset’s AONB’s to build confidence in exploring


Drugs and Alcohol

Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) offers free, confidential advice and support to anyone whose life is being adversely affected by drug and/or alcohol use. A variety of treatment and support options are available, and the team will help an individual to find the right ways for you to make the changes that they want


Sexual Health

Sex can be a positive, pleasurable and life enhancing part of our experience, and sexual health is central to everyone’s health. Both men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand the issues that surround contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Somerset Wide Integrated Sexual Health Services (SWISH): https://swishservices.co.uk/


Breastfeeding

You can find information, advice and support with infant feeding and health and wellbeing in Somerset here. You can also find out how your organisation can become recognised as being ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’. Healthy Somerset (Breastfeeding): https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/breastfeeding/ NHS Choices: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/breastfeeding-help-support/ The Breastfeeding network: https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/ NCT: https://www.nct.org.uk/baby-toddler/feeding/early-days/breastfeeding-support La Leche League: https://www.laleche.org.uk/ National Breastfeeding helpline: https://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/


Sugar Smart

Sugar Smart is a campaign run by Jamie Oliver and Sustain. It helps local authorities, organisations, workplaces and individuals to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. Anyone can pledge to become Sugar Smart – from councils and schools to restaurants, hospitals and independent companies. Sugar Smart: https://www.sugarsmartuk.org/ Change4life (Sugar): https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar NHS Choices: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-does-sugar-in-our-diet-affect-our-health/ Change4life


One You Somerset:

Everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year. One You aims to encourage adults, particular those in middle age,


Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing

This service provides schools with the tools and guidance to develop a ‘whole school approach’ to wellbeing and mental health. Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing: https://www.cypsomersethealth.org/the_somerset_wellbeing_framework Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP): https://www.sasp.co.uk/school-sport1 Somerset School Games: https://www.sasp.co.uk/school-games Active Lives: Children and Young Peoples Survey: https://www.sasp.co.uk/active-lives–children-and-young


Men’s Health

Men’s health has become the focus of a national push around self help and support in recent years, due to a variety of factors including a lower life expectancy than women and fewer men accessing health services. There are a variety of avenues for men to explore to access support around all aspects of their


Health Connections Mendip

Health Connections Mendip offers free health and wellbeing support to patients of Mendip GP practices. Health Connectors can connect people to free and low-cost local services, such as exercise classes and support groups.   Health Connections: https://healthconnectionsmendip.org/ The Mendip Directory: https://healthconnectionsmendip.org/mendip-directory/


Mental Health Services

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. There is a wide range of local support for


Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA)

SWEDA is a registered charity offering a range of services throughout Somerset for anyone affected, either personally or professionally, by eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, binge eating and all related conditions.   Services include Counselling Services, a monthly self-help Support Group, Training and Presentations for Health Professionals and GPs, and a College Support Service,


Community Dietetics

Community Dietetics is provided by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The service sees adults and children who need advice about what to eat and drink for a variety of medical reasons, and use dietetic counselling to help patients to self-manage their condition. The website also provides a range of dietetic resources available to view and


Tier 4 Weight Management (Bariatric Surgery)

The bariatric service at Musgrove Park Hospital has been running since 2003. It is the largest obesity and metabolic surgery service in the South West, performing approximately 250 operations a year. The health outcomes of people with obesity can be improved by changes in lifestyle, medication and surgery. The Tier 3 medical team and the Tier


Tier 3 Weight Management

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust run a level 3 medical weight management clinic and also provide active support for the level 4 bariatric surgery service at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. All patients referred for bariatric surgery must be seen in a level 3 clinic prior to referral for surgery. The service accepts referrals from