We are accepting all appropriate referrals into the service. Most consultations will remain remotely delivered, however where it is deemed clinically appropriate support will be offered face to face in a clinic venue or with you at home.
The Specialist Weight Management Service in Leeds is a 12 month programme run by experienced healthcare professionals, including:
- consultant physician (who specialises in obesity medicine)
- mental health specialists
During the programme, the team will support you to make sustainable diet and life changes to improve your health. We may also refer you for further investigations or support from other services.
The sections below contain a range of useful links and resources.
Tips for making it easier to be active in your home
Getting your home environment ready for activity will make it easier to do it every day.
- Do your activity at the same time each day. Think about the other people in your house and choose a time that is the easiest for you to fit in.
- Start small and build up. If every day is unrealistic, start with 2 or 3 times a week.
- Tell other people in your house your plan. Either ask them to join in or stay out of the way.
- If you have space in your home, you can make an area that is specifically for your activity.
- If you live alone, tell friends or family so they do not call you during this time.
- Write ‘activity’ on your calendar or in your phone, as a daily reminder.
- Find clothes that are comfortable to be active in and get them ready, e.g. if your activity is in the morning, get them out the night before.
- Celebrate every time you complete an activity! Whatever you have done is better than nothing, so congratulate yourself. Think of the positive things you would say to a friend who had just done this, now say them to yourself.
- Think about your common reasons for not doing activity and how you can avoid this ‘danger zone’. For example:
|I want to do my activity after I have finished my working day, but I am always too hungry.||I will have a snack (fruit, crackers) one hour before my working day finishes.|
|I am stressed and don’t think I have the energy to do my activity today.||I will remind myself that exercise will help reduce stress and improve my mood.|
|I have been invited to a zoom call during my scheduled activity.||I will get changed into my exercise clothes and call my friends after I have done my activity.|
Fogg, B.J. (2019) Tiny Habits. London: Virgin Books.
Otto, M. & Smits, J (2011). Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-bring. Oxford University Press.
Pilling, S & Newman, R (2012). Braintree self help guide. London: London Strategic Health Authority
- Exercises to do at home (intermediate level)
- Exercise video for people who are new to exercise or do not exercise very much, can be done standing or seated
- Exercise video for people who exercise regularly using items from around the house (tins of beans, bags of flour)
- 10 minute workout videos for people who exercise regularly, that do not require equipment
- 23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
- Physical activity advice sheet
- Free 9 week exercise program for all levels
Thera bands – choose multi-level bands with handles (suitable for everyone and can be bought online)
Weighing scales – choose digital ones to easily track any weight changes (can be bought online or from big supermarkets)
Exercise with children and young people
Tips on how to make a daily schedule
Making a schedule at this time might seem like a difficult or strenuous task but it will make it easier to organise your daily life. If you live with other people (family, friends) consider making a schedule together, to take into account everyone’s needs and requirements. A routine can help to break up the day, support mental wellbeing and help promote positive eating and physical activity habits.
- Try to go to bed and get up at the same time. It may be tempting to lie in, especially if you do not need to get up for work, but doing this on a regular basis can disrupt your sleep
- Get dressed for the day, even if you’re not going anywhere.
- Set yourself small goals that are easily achieved and celebrate when you are successful at these.
- In your schedule, include:
- When you will eat (also think about when you will go shopping and planning meals)
- When you will do your physical activity, e.g. going for a walk or an exercise routine at home
- When you will work (if you are working) – try to stick to your normal work times
- When you will do your chores / household jobs
- When you will do something that is good for your mental wellbeing, e.g. speaking to friends / family on the telephone, reading, doing a jigsaw, watching a film
- If you can, find some space where you can work if you are working from home – make it your ‘office – place for work’.
- Try to get some fresh air every day, even if it’s just a walk around the garden.
- Be flexible! The schedule is a guide; it is ok go with the flow sometimes.
- If you are spending a lot of time at home, you may find it helpful to keep things clean and tidy.
UNICEF (2020) How to organize time in home quarantine. [Online] Serbia: UNICEF. Available from: <How to organize time in home quarantine | UNICEF Serbia> [Accessed 30.04.2020].
Mind (2020) Coronavirus and your wellbeing. [Online] Mind. Available from: <Coronavirus - looking after your mental wellbeing | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems> [Accessed 01 May 2020].
NHS (2019) How to get to sleep. [Online] NHS. Available from: < How to get to sleep - NHS (www.nhs.uk)> [Accessed 01 May 2020]
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We offer a citywide service with our admin team operating out of:
Parkside Community Health Centre
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British Dietetic Association ‘Food Facts’
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