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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.

Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS)

If you would like help with a drug or alcohol issue  get in touch with Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service.  Whether it’s for yourself, a friend or a family member, Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) is set up to help. Whether it’s drugs or alcohol, and whatever your age, SDAS is available for you.

Community Council for Somerset

Community Council for Somerset – a charity dedicated to supporting, improving and helping Somerset’s people, places and enterprises to thrive http://www.somersetrcc.org.uk Somerset Carers – who cares for the Carers? We do. http://www.somersetcarers.org Village Agents – help when others don’t, can’t or won’t. Village and Community Agents provide confidential, practical community based solutions for you, wherever

Rosemary Conley

Rosemary Conley is a network of weight loss and exercise clubs running across the UK to assist in weight loss, healthy cooking, exercise classes and peer support. For more information, visit: www.rosemaryconley.com/

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is a global organisation that offers various products and services to assist in healthy habits, including weight loss and maintenance, fitness, and mindset. For more information, visit: www.weightwatchers.com/uk/

Slimming World

Slimming World is a UK-based weight loss organisation that provides lifestyle weight management programmes for people of all ages, and though members are mostly female, there is an established male population as well. For more information, visit: www.slimmingworld.co.uk/

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

Updated 4/1/2021 Following the Government’s announcement on the 3rd January 2021, England will enter a new national lockdown. This means that our Health Walks are currently suspended and will restart as soon as possible as restrictions ease, please check with your local scheme co-ordinator/web pages below for updated walks in your area. For ideas to keep

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. Everyone Active (SLM): https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/ 1610 Ltd: https://www.1610.org.uk/ Fusion Lifestyle: https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/ Kings Fitness: http://www.kingsfitness.co.uk/ Somerset

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


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-pesport 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