Free weight management programme supports healthier lifestyles

Published Monday, 20th September 2021

A new initiative offering people 12 weeks of free weight management support from WW (formerly Weight Watchers UK) or Slimming World has been launched in Hartlepool.

To be eligible, people must be aged 16 or over and either live or work in the town, or be registered with a Hartlepool GP practice.

They must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than 27 (25 for South Asian people)
  • Have not been members of WW or Slimming World in the last 3 months.

A person’s BMI – a statistic used widely in the UK - tells them if they are a healthy weight for their height. The NHS recommends that most people keep their BMI between 18 and 25. Work out your BMI using the at

Hartlepool Borough Council has teamed up with both WW and Slimming World using funding received from the Government as part of its national Covid recovery plan.

The anti-obesity initiative will run until the end of June 2022.

Director of Public Health Craig Blundred said: “A healthy weight is important at any stage of life. Becoming overweight or obese increases our risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and serious illness from Covid.

“During Covid lockdowns many people experienced weight gain as a result of being less active.

“This initiative aims to address this situation by helping people to lose weight and providing them with the support they need to adopt healthier lifestyles in the long-term.

“I would encourage anyone wanting to lose weight to take advantage of this initiative and the expert advice and support that it offers.”

Find out more about the support that is available and how to sign up at