Weight Management Halton

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Who we are
Fresh Start Extra is a FREE weight management programme for adults in Halton.

Our expert team of registered dietitians provide practical support and advice to help you make positive lifestyle changes to lose weight and improve your health and wellbeing. 

Our simple, easy-to-follow programme is tailored to meet your individual needs and work around your lifestyle and you'll be able to attend appointments in a choice of venues across both Runcorn and Widnes.

Who is our service for?
The service is for anyone age 18 and over living in Runcorn and Widnes or registered with a Halton GP, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and over, or a BMI of 35-40 if you also have other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Find out how to check your BMI by visiting the healthy weight page on our health and wellbeing A-Z.

If you're not sure if our service is right for you, visit your GP for advice or contact the Health Improvement Team on 0300 029 0029, who will be able to advise on what services are available locally that may be able to help.

Why should you join Fresh Start Extra?
Fresh Start Extra is run by our friendly team of expert dietitians - the only professionals qualified to give advice around diet and nutrition - and dietetic assistants.

We provide simple but effective healthy eating advice and diet plans which are tailored to meet your individual needs, including cheap but tasty healthy meal ideas and recipes.

You can take advantage of supportive group sessions with other people from your local area and cognitive behavioural therapy if you need any help changing unhelpful thoughts or behaviour patterns around food and eating.

We can also offer other options to help you lose weight if you need any extra support, such as weight loss medication, meal replacement plans and bariatric surgery, but we'll always involve you in any decisions to make sure you are happy with your weight management plan.

Many people who come to Fresh Start Extra find they have improved health and wellbeing as a result of the programme, such as reduced symptoms of any physical health problems they have, having more energy and generally feeling better in themselves.

How to access our service
If you'd like to join Fresh Start Extra weight management programme, make an appointment to see your GP or another health professional (such as a midwife or health visitor) who will be able to make a referral for you.

You can also self-refer by calling us directly on 0151 290 4335. 

Who do we work in partnership with?
We deliver Fresh Start Extra in partnership with Halton Council, which provides a weight management service (called Fresh Start) for adults in Halton with a BMI between 30 and 35. 

What will happen at your first appointment?
Your first appointment will be a 45 minute assessment with one of our expert dietitians. This will be very informal and our dietitian will be there to listen and understand more about you, including your lifestyle, what you eat, what activities you like to do and what you'd like to get out of the programme. We will ask you lots of questions but one thing we will never do is judge.

After this, we'll then agree your weight management plan with you, which will give you to tools and support you need to lose weight healthily and keep it off. Depending on your individual needs, this plan could include:
  • A tailored healthy eating plan
  • Weight loss medication
  • Meal replacement plan                   
  • Low energy diet
  • One-to-one cognitive behavioural therapy, to help you change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours around eating, such as comfort eating or boredom eating  
  • Behaviour change groups
  • Bariatric surgery                               
  • Support with managing other health conditions such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and high cholesterol
  • Support and advice if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Signposting to a range of fun, local activity classes

Where else do we provide the service?
We also provide weight management services for adults in Knowsley

Related links
Association of UK Dietitians - www.bda.uk.com
British Heart Foundation - www.bhf.org.uk
Change for Life website - www.nhs.uk/change4life
Diabetes UK website - www.diabetes.org.uk
NHS Choices - healthy food swaps 

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​Contact us
Fresh Start Extra
Adults' Weight Management Service
The Brooker Centre
Halton Hospital
Hospital Way

Tel: 0151 290 4335
Email: dietitian@nwbh.nhs.uk