Pledge a small lifestyle change to support National Obesity Awareness Week

Published on: Monday, 12-January-2015

Knowsley Council is supporting National Obesity Awareness Week, which takes place between 12 and 18 January, and encouraging residents to make a healthy New Year’s resolution.

Obesity affects not only people’s health, but also wider communities.  Obesity is a growing problem and it’s predicted that half of the population could be obese by 2050.  However, it is possible to turn obesity around. 

By taking part in National Obesity week, you are taking the first step to tackling obesity.  You don’t need to make a huge commitment, simply take small steps to manage change, whether that is eating more healthily, avoiding high in fat and sugar snacks, cooking from scratch more often or being more physically active.

A range of support is available for residents in Knowsley, free of charge, who are concerned about their weight.  This includes the Healthy Knowsley Lifestyle Hub where you can access a Lifestyle Advisor who can refer you to specialist services including weight management, activity service and  community cookery courses. For further information about the Hub, visit www.healthyknowsley.co.uk/home or telephone 0800 0731 202.

As part of the campaign, residents are being encouraged to make a healthy New Year’s resolution by pledging to make a small lifestyle change to help improve the nation’s health.  Visit www.noaw.org.uk/get-involved/make-resolution and make yours today!

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “Tackling obesity can be achieved through taking small steps.  Small lifestyle changes really can make a big difference, and with the range of advice and support available in Knowsley, I would encourage residents to participate in the campaign and take the first steps to living a healthier lifestyle as well as losing weight.”

For further information on National Obesity Awareness Week, visit www.noaw.org.uk