Mental wellbeing support as important as physical during coronavirus pandemic, say Slimming World

Getting support to manage your mental as well as physical wellbeing is more important than ever as we all adjust to life during the coronavirus outbreak, say Slimming World.  

Slimming World Public Health Manager Carolyn Pallister says: “In these challenging times, we know that people will be feeling more worried and anxious than usual, and these feelings could have an impact on us making healthy choices. We may find that we slip easily into old habits around food and drink as routine goes out of the window and it may be more difficult to stay active. Keeping a healthy routine so that you stay fit and well is more important, not less, right now though, so getting support to manage your emotional health is vital.” 

That’s why Slimming World is continuing its support for Public Health England’s (PHE) Every Mind Matters campaign, which aims to change the way people think about mental health and empower them to take positive steps to help themselves and each other, and sharing new expert tips and guidance on managing mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak with its members.

Slimming World’s unique formula is built on compassion, care and understanding, and the organisation remains passionate about supporting members to make healthy changes to improve their mental wellbeing as well as their physical health.

Already, to support its members since the UK and Ireland went into lockdown last month, Slimming World has launched a new temporary virtual service, which includes access to a weekly virtual group using video conferencing platform Zoom. Members have been invited to join the virtual service to continue to get support to make healthier food choices and find new ways to stay active indoors. By getting together members are able to share support and stories of how they are all managing in the lockdown. The emphasis is on building and staying in control of healthy new lifestyle habits when it might not be as easy as it is under normal circumstances – members share ways to make groceries go a bit further, and easy ways to shop, cook and eat healthily at a time when access to food is changing. All of this is combined with ongoing use of social media, and access to Slimming World’s app and member-only website LifelineOnline, offering practical support, as well as inspiration and motivation to stay physically active and psychologically strong.

We hope sharing the Every Mind Matters resources will provide another support tool to help our members to stay committed to the changes they’ve already made towards living a healthier life.
Carolyn Pallister, Public Health Manager

Carolyn says: “The virtual groups give our members not only vital weight management support, but also the friendship and community spirit they find at our groups each week. Members talk about the new challenges they’re facing, share their achievements despite the difficult times and work together to develop new strategies to manage their weight in the current climate.

“On top of this, we hope sharing the Every Mind Matters resources will provide another support tool to help our members to stay committed to the changes they’ve already made towards living a healthier life.”

The brand-new Every Mind Matters online resources include expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak. It also includes guidance if members of the public are feeling worried or anxious during the current climate. Slimming World are sharing these with members via Consultants, their social media channels and websites. You can also find them here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/  

Slimming World is also supporting PHE in appealing to people to stay home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

NHS Every Mind Matters

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. There are now more than 19,000 weekly groups supporting 900,000 members across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Groups are run by a network of 5,000 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by people who are overweight and recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. 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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