£100m investment to support children, adults and families to live healthier lives

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Slimming World has welcomed the government’s recent pledge to invest £100 million over the next 12 months to support children, adults, and families to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

As part of delivering the commitments set out in Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, the Government announced £100 million extra funding for healthy weight programmes; of which £35 million will be allocated to councils, and £35 million will go to the NHS to be invested into weight-management services.

Paul Sharpe, Head of Partnerships for Slimming World, said: “The government have announced that £70 million is to be invested into weight-management services – made available through the NHS and Local Authorities – enabling up to 700,000 adults to access support, including digital apps, weight-management groups and clinical support, helping them to lose weight.

“We are working closely with the government, through Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care, to fully understand how Local Authorities can access the fund, and how we can fully support them in maximising its impact.”

Paul explained that Slimming World works with the NHS via its referral service and with the government through PHE: “In July 2020, Slimming World was invited to partner Public Health England’s Better Health campaign – the government’s response to Covid and obesity – and has supported over 40,000 people to lose weight since the campaign began."

Paul Sharpe, Head of Partnerships at Slimming World
Slimming World pioneered Slimming World on Referral 21 years ago, and now runs over 90 schemes offering weight-loss support to people who are referred to Slimming World through Local Authorities, employers and the NHS.
Paul Sharpe, Head of Partnerships at Slimming World

Slimming World has long called for greater support for weight management – including a national voice for obesity, training for health professionals to enable them to talk to their patients about weight in a sensitive and skilled way, and more protection for young people and families to maintain a healthy weight.

Paul added: “We are delighted that the government has recognised the essential role that behavioural change weight-management services play in the health of the nation, and we look forward to working with even more Local Authority and NHS partners over the coming months.”


Anyone looking for additional information on how Slimming World can help maximise the impact of this additional funding, please get in touch with our Partnerships Development Manager, Sabbah Janvier by phone: 07741 310 847 or email: sabbah.janvier@slimmingworld.co.uk


About Slimming World 

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. Members join local weekly groups or an online programme. Groups are run by a network of community-based Slimming World Consultants across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Consultants are trained in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as recognised behaviour-change techniques. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of energy density and satiety. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly-developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating, encouraging and empowering members to make changes in a supportive, warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS. 

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