Who we are
Fresh Start Extra is an NHS 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.
Why should you join Fresh Start Extra?
Fresh Start Extra is run by our friendly team of expert dietitians 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
Contact Halton Council's Health Improvement Team on 0300 029 0029, who will be able to advise on the service and other healthy lifestyle support available locally.
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.
Where else do we provide the service?
We also provide weight management services for adults in Knowsley.
Association of UK Dietitians - www.bda.uk.comNHS Choices - healthy food swaps