Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Inspiring healthier families in Adur and Worthing

Adur and Worthing councils are pleased to announce the launch of a new programme designed to help families, which include a child who is over the recommended weight for his/her age and / or height, to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Pioneered during 2011 by Inspire Leisure in Arun and supported by NHS Sussex the programme offers each family 10 free individual 1-hour appointments with a wellbeing Leader, who will provide advice on nutrition, physical activity and cooking. The content of the sessions will be dictated by the needs of the family so each programme will be personalized. Subject to availability the time and location of the sessions will also be tailored to the family’s situation. The advantage of this scheme is that unlike some other programmes families are not tied to specific days or times of the week and they will be receiving one-to-one support.

Tom Wye, Worthing cabinet member for health and wellbeing says: “This is a positive programme to assist those who want to make healthy changes to their lifestyle; I applaud it.”

David Simmons, Adur cabinet member for health and well-being said “How often do you get anything for nothing these days? This is a golden opportunity for you and your nearest and dearest to make those important decisions that will positively affect your health and well-being far into the future.  Give it a try and make contact with our team today!”

For more information call Julian Stevens on 01273 263104 or Tammy Waine on 01273 263319 or to book a place telephone Lucy Fogden on 01273 263403

‘Obesity’ is a clinical term used to describe excess body fat associated with increased risks to health. Being obese can increase the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Not only does obesity affect people’s health, their lives and the lives of their families, but it places a large financial burden on the NHS and the wider economy.

It is generally acknowledged that obesity is reaching epidemic proportions with the Health Survey for England (2010) showing that:

  • 62.8% of adults (aged 16 or over) were overweight or obese
  • 30.3% of children (aged 2-15) were overweight or obese
  • 26.1% of all adults and 16% of all children were obese

Recently reported modeling suggests that without action 41-48% of men and 35-43% of women could be obese by 2030. Locally, the 2011 Health Profile revealed that 88 Year 6 children in Adur and 133 in Worthing were classified as clinically obese and so are already at risk of health problems in the future.

Increasingly as the population becomes heavier and larger the public perception of what is overweight has become distorted so that now it is only the extreme, or morbidly obese, cases that attract attention whereas in reality many more people should be looking to manage their weight better if they want to avoid significant health problems later.

Inspiring Healthier Families is an alternative approach to the MEND programmes which were held in Adur and Worthing from May 2007 to March 2011. MEND is a 10-week group based programme which takes place on fixed days of the week and involves 4 hours attendance each week. For some families this time commitment was too onerous and for others their individual needs could be overlooked in a group setting. A condition of the Public Health funding is that this new approach will be evaluated to see how effective it is in inspiring healthier families.