Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the ways to support our overall health and well-being, but it doesn’t always feel easy. Livewell Southwest has a team of specialists who provide free advice and support to local people about how to improve their diet and achieve a healthy weight for them.
If you are severely overweight, and would like support, the Plymouth weight management service is a specialist service that can help. To access the program you must be a Plymouth resident with a BMI of over 40, or over 35 with other medical problems. If your referral is accepted, you will receive an invitation to attend an induction session with a specialist weight management nurse; this friendly and non-judgemental session will give you detailed information about what you can expect from the service.
The specialist team, which includes nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, clinical psychologist and a consultant, will support you with lifestyle changes during a two year, mainly group-based programme. This includes physical activity, food portions, label reading and looking at other reasons why people over-eat or are less active. This service is not available to people under the age of 18, those who are pregnant, people who are not mobile or those who are unwilling or unable to take part in group sessions.
If you are interested in being referred for support from the weight management service, please contact your GP or specialist nurse. If you do not meet the criteria for the weight management service, you may be more suited to the One You Plymouth Eat Well programme. Click here for further information.
- Under 18 years
- Pregnant women
- Non-mobile patients
- Patients who are unwilling or unable to participate in group program (please assess suitability of Mental Health and Learning Disability patients and contact a member of the Weight Management nursing team if required)
- BMI (Body Mass Index)
- BP (Blood Pressure)
- HbA1C (glucose levels)
- U & E (urea & electrolytes)
- FBC (full blood count)
- TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone)
- LFT (liver function test)
Food Facts & Recipes
- BDA Food Fact Sheets
- Calorie Checker (NHS Choices)
- Healthy Food Swaps (BBC Good Food)
- Medical Reasons for Putting on Weight (NHS Choices)
- Non-food Rewards (NHS Choices)
- Sugar Smart (Change 4 Life)
- The Truth About Carbs (NHS Choices)
- 10 Surprising 100 Calorie Snacks (NHS Choices)
- Cookalong Videos (Eat Better Feel Better)
- Good Food Recipes (BBC)
- Healthy Recipes (NHS Choices)
- Recipe Finder (Eat Better Feel Better)
- Weekly Meal Planner (Eat Better Feel Better)
- Calorie Burning (Harvard Medical School)
- Exercise Calorie Counter (British Heart Foundation)
- Exercise Calorie Counter (World Cancer Research Fund)
- Health Walks (with a variety of locations and walk difficulty)
We would be grateful if you would complete a survey based on your experience. Click here
For general enquiries, or to be directed to a specific service or individual, please contact our switchboard on 01752 268011.