Maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk of developing health problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life. However, some of us need more support to achieve this and there are a variety of services available to help.

Our plan includes:

  1. Implement universal coverage of social prescribing for food and physical activity
  2. Implement a complete referral pathway for children and adults who are overweight / obese
  3. Deliver a programme in primary care to support people with pre-diabetes to improve their health

What can you do to support social prescribing programmes for food and physical activity?

Want to know more about nutrition and healthy eating in a fun, relaxed way and gain accreditation for learning? NUTRITION SKILLS FOR LIFE™ is open to anyone working in the community and delivered by NHS Wales dietitians. There are two key aspects to the programme:

  1. to support and train community workers to promote healthy eating and incorporate food and nutrition skills into their work and
  2. To develop healthy eating initiatives with community groups such as delivery of Get Cooking, an accredited practical cooking course to improve knowledge and skills about healthy eating.

For more information, please contact the public health dietitians.

Email nutrition.skillsforlife.cav@wales.nhs.uk
Phone: 02920 907699

Get Cooking

Get Cooking is a practical cookery course that can be delivered over 6-8 weeks. The course is delivered in a fun and informal way and allows participants to develop confidence and skills in preparing healthy meals.

The course is accredited with Agored Cymru at Level 1 and these courses run throughout Cardiff and Vale.

Get Cooking tutors can be trained through the Nutrition Skills for Life Scheme. Once trained, tutors can access high quality resources such as a Get Cooking recipe book, learner workbooks and tutor handbook.

Contact the Nutrition Skills for Life Team for more information:

Email: Nutrition.Skillsforlife.cav@wales.nhs.uk
Phone: 029 2090 7699

The Healthy, Aspiring, Prosperous and Inclusive (Hapi) project is working across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to deliver FREE food and physical activity focused workshops and activities.

For more information contact Newydd Housing.

Email: hapi@newydd.co.uk
Phone: 03030401998

Search Dewis Cymru website database for classes and activities by postcode or activity.

Use the directory of physical activity and sports clubs in the Vale of Glamorgan to find the right activity.

Follow Vale Sports and Play Facebook page for upcoming activities and events (Facebook: Vale of Glamorgan Council Sports & Play Development- Healthy Living Team)

Visit Outdoor Cardiff.com for information on local opportunities to get active in Cardiff.

The UK Government recommends being active for at least 150 minutes moderate intensity activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity (or a combination of both). We should build strength 2 days per week, minimise sedentary time, and older adults should improve balance on 2 days a week. Visit the website for the useful infographic.

Health Pathways offers clinicians locally agreed information to make the right decisions, together with patients, at the point of care. This localised physical activity health pathway ‘Physical activity in Adults’ is available here

The aim of the Scheme is to reduce the inequalities in ill health by providing access to tailored and supervised physical activity. The target population is aged 16+ who are not used to being regularly physically active and are at risk of or currently experiencing a long term or chronic health condition. The Scheme is designed to provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.

Referral is through a Health Professional, usually a GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist.

Contact a local NERS coordinator for further information:

Cardiff – David Penikett – dpenikett@cardiff.gov.uk
Vale of Glamorgan – Jamie Lane – jlane@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Health Pathways offers clinicians locally agreed information to make the right decisions, together with patients, at the point of care. This localised physical activity health pathway ‘Physical activity in Adults’ is available here

Nextbike is a bike share scheme which allows members of the public to rent a bike from their nearest docking station.

Click here for information on the Nextbike scheme within Cardiff

Click here for information on the Nextbike scheme within the Vale of Glamorgan

What can you do to support children and adults who are overweight or obese?

Cardiff and Vale weight management services are co-ordinated by the Community Nutrition and Dietetic service. Services are provided through a single point of access to adults in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Services include dietetic led group and individual weight management programmes; a specialist multidisciplinary service for people with more complex needs; type 2 diabetes education and prevention programmes.

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic service also work in in partnership with third sector organisations and other community partners to deliver the Foodwise for Life community weight management programme.

To make a referral to the service:

If you are a Health Care Professional you can make referral by completing the referral from available here

If you would like to self-refer into the service you can do this by completing the referral form available here

Health Pathways offers clinicians locally agreed information to make the right decisions, together with patients, at the point of care. This localised health pathway ‘Weight Management in Adults with Obesity’ is available here

For more information about eating well please visit Cardiff and Vale UHB Keeping Me Well website accessed here

Cardiff and Vale is currently developing a specialist children’s weight management service that will also be co-ordinated through Cardiff and Vale Community Nutrition and Dietetics. Referral will be via Health Professionals and the service will launching early summer 2021.

NYLO is a free family nutrition programme that can help you feel more confident to provide a balanced diet for your child. Developed by Cardiff & Vale UHB Public Health Dietitians, NYLO is open to all families with children aged 5 years and under, living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

To find out more about this free programme:

Email: Nutrition.Skillsforlife.cav@wales.nhs.uk  
Call/text: 07972 732614

Did you know that even 5-10% weight loss can improve your overall health?

You can:

  • Lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol
  • Prevent and manage diabetes
  • Improve joint and breathing problems
  • Feel fitter, healthier and more confident

Here are some links to provide additional tips on helping you with changes to your diet.

NHS UK – Healthy Weight information

British Dietetic Association – Weight Loss fact sheet

What can you do to support people with pre-diabetes to improve their health?

If you identify someone with pre-diabetes, you could share the Cardiff and Vale UHB Keeping Me Well website with them. The website has some useful videos and resources to help patients with their self-management

Health Pathways offers clinicians locally agreed information to make the right decisions, together with patients, at the point of care. This localised health pathway ‘prediabetes’ is available here

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