Public health specialist, Everyone Health, has been confirmed as the driving force behind Nottinghamshire County Council’s new county-wide Obesity Prevention and Weight Management Services.
Everyone Health, which specialises in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities through dynamic and integrated solutions, has been appointed to work alongside the council over the next four years. Its services will offer support for children, young people and adults across Nottinghamshire with making informed decisions regarding their weight and, ultimately, lead a healthier lifestyle.
The community-based services will offer a personalised care package for adults, children and families, with a focus on those overweight or obese and those at high risk of obesity. Support will also be given to people due to under-go weight loss surgery.
The Obesity Prevention and Weight Management personalised services will become available from April 2015 and will include a range of supportive options including, psychological support, help with increasing physical activity and advice on maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.
Everyone Health will also work closely with the county’s key health professionals, such as midwives and health visitors, to provide weight management support for women before, during and after pregnancy.
Nottinghamshire County Council first announced its plans to introduce the services in 2013, after it was made responsible for commissioning a wide variety of lifestyle services to
provide people with support in stopping smoking, substance misuse and weight management.
Annie Holden, Head of Public Health at Everyone Health, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this opportunity to work alongside Nottinghamshire County Council and deliver these dedicated services for families and individuals across the county.
“Our aim is to provide more people with the devoted and on-going support and education they need to help them make better lifestyle choices and maintain a healthier lifestyle.”
Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Chair of the Public Health Committee said: “This is an important step in helping us tackle this vital issue for the health of Nottinghamshire. These new services will operate right across the county giving every resident the same opportunity for specialist support to help them lose weight or maintain a healthy weight in a variety of different scenarios.
“As with all areas in the country we have too many overweight and obese people in Notts. In the long term, that’s having a very serious impact on the health of individuals and as a whole population.
“We also know that caring for overweight and obese people has a considerable cost implication for our healthcare system – by helping more people achieve a healthier weight we can prevent them from needing that support, and helping reduce some of the strain on the system.”
Everyone Health was launched in February 2014, as part of Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) Ltd. – a company with over 27 years’ experience in delivering high quality community health, and wellbeing services. The company also manages six sports and leisure centres across the county, including Lammas Leisure Centre, Hucknall Leisure Centre, Festival Hall Leisure Centre, Edgewood Leisure Centre and Selston Leisure Centre.