Following a healthy diet and living and active lifestyle will help you maintain a healthy body weight.

Being overweight or obese can increase risk of a range of health problems including coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, bowel cancer, post menopausal breast cancer, osteoarthritis, mental health issues such as depression and complications in pregnancy.To find out if you are overweight or obese visit the Choose to Live Better website where you will find a simple guide to waist measuring and information about BMI.

Its recommended that adults take part in at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity each week. This could include activities like walking or cycling 30 minutes each day.  For more information visit the British Heart Foundation Physical Activity website. 

For information about recommended physcial activitiy levels for other age groups visit: British Heart Foundation Physical Activity website. One example of the Health Improvement Obesity-related activities is the Walking for Health initiative. 

Walking for Health encourages people to increase their levels of physical activity by joining local health walks. The Health Improvement Department offer a free one day course to train adults to become Walk Leaders.  The coursewill covere how to set up and run a successful Walking Group within your workplace or community. For information about up-coming training dates view the Health Improvement Training Brochure. Find out more about a local Walking for Health groups by viewing the video below.

You can also find out more about Health Eating in our Community Food and Nutrition section.






For further information contact Lesley Finlay on (028) 7186 5127