Feb 4 2013 By Tom Dunn, Hillingdon Health Promotion Officer
This week we launched a new weight management programme in Hayes.
It’s called Get up And Go. It’s a 12 week programme supported by NHS and Hillingdon Council. It’s not a weight loss or calorie counting programme and should help people motivate to make small changes to
If you want to be included on a future Get Up and Go programme email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you qualify.
We have a nurse who records people’s weight, height, cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and waist circumference. This happens at the start of the course and at the end. Hopefully people who make changes to their diet and activity will see an improvement in those ‘markers’.
BMI is regularly in the news. If you have children or visit the doctor or nurse they often weigh and measure your height. They then calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index).
This can give an indication if you are a healthy weight. Lots of people use BMI and it can be useful tool (especially when we look at local and national data). However there are a lot of criticisms, it’s a very blunt tool and as the BBC article points out the maths behind it isn’t perfect.
I recommend checking your waist circumference. It’s easily done and you run a tape measure round your middle crossing your belly button.
We know that the more fat we have round our middle the more risk we are at of various diseases. For more info have a look at the following link.
Next week I’m going to help David Graham from the Com.Cafe (a local food hero!) who will be cooking with Hayes families. I will take some photos of the sessions, they are lots of fun with
great food for all.
For more information or to book onto one of the cooking sessions email david.graham@groundwork,org.uk