Cycling forms key part of government's new strategy to combat obesity

Posted: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:00

Cycling forms key part of government's new strategy to combat obesity

Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment of health, called "Better Health."

A raft of measures have been revealed as part of the government's new obesity strategy to get the nation fit and healthy, protect themselves against COVID-19 and protect the NHS.

Obesity is one of the biggest health crises the country faces, with almost two-thirds of adults in England (63%) carrying excess weight or living with obesity. One in 3 children leave primary school overweight or obese, and obesity-related illnesses cost the NHS £6 billion a year.

Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn't always make it easy. But this extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.

By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.

To support people to live healthier lives, Public Health England's Better Health campaign will provide a variety of tools and apps to help people make healthier food choices, become more active and prevent future weight gain.

One of these tools is a Weight Loss Plan app, which provides 12 weeks' worth of engaging content that can be personalised and tailored to the goals and needs of the individual. Later down the line, support will also be made available to help people quit smoking, cut down their drinking and look after their mental health.

The government has also revealed a cycling incentive, which will see 50,000 £50 bike repair vouchers offered to the public as part of plans to boost cycling and walking.

The vouchers will be open to anyone who has an unused bicycle in need of a repair. It will help them get it back on the road by providing £50 towards the cost of a service and repair for up to two cycles per household. The initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online to the public soon, while on Tuesday 28th July bicycle repair shops can register themselves to receive the vouchers and conduct the repairs.

Keep checking back to the bike voucher webpage, as the 50,000 vouchers are on a first come first serve basis! https://fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk/

For help and support to lose weight, visit nhs.uk/BetterHealth

Tags: Cycling, Obesity, Voucher