Healthier Together Hackney is a healthy lifestyle programme, commissioned by the London Borough of Hackney, designed to support people to lose weight and get active. This service offers both weight management and exercise on referral Programmes:
– Our Tier 2 multi-component group based lifestyle weight management programme includes dietary advice and physical activity. The Healthier Together team utilises behaviour change techniques to support eligible adults lose weight and gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
– Our physical activity on referral programme is designed to support inactive individuals to safely increase their activity level and become self sufficient at achieving the recommended daily activity guidelines.
– Our single point of access team will triage referrals to offer the patient the most appropriate programme to meet their individual health needs. The Healthier Together Hackney team will also work in close partnership with GP practices, Allied Health Professionals and social care services to make it easy to refer participants, as well as raise the issue of weight and physical inactivity.
The Healthier Together programme is for people who are:
Aged 18 years or over
Hackney resident, or registered with a Hackney GP
Ready to make significant changes to their daily habits
In need of structured support to make lifestyle changes
Healthier Together sessions are delivered from a number of leisure centres and community venues across the borough.
Britannia Leisure Centre
Clissold Leisure Centre
Kings Hall Leisure Centre
Community venues will change throughout the year to focus on areas with greater health improvement needs. Our Single Point of Access team will help each participant to find a suitable location to access the programme. For further information on which venues have upcoming programmes please contact the Single Point of Access team on 02077497649.
Our weight management programme encompasses; physical activity opportunities and healthy eating/nutritional advice. The Healthier Together Team utilises behaviour change techniques to support individuals in managing their weight and work towards achieving a healthy BMI. Weekly 2 hour group sessions run for 12 weeks and include nutritional workshops and a physical activity session.
Our nutrition workshops are led by highly trained individuals and include interactive sessions using behaviour change techniques exploring key topics such as:
Hunger and triggers
Meal planning and cooking methods
By the end of the programme participants will have increased knowledge, skills and confidence to continue with their healthy behaviour changes beyond the end of the programme.
For those with slightly more complex needs our Tier 2+ programme is delivered with support from dietitians from Homerton University Hospital. Participants will be invited to smaller group classes with extra support and specially tailored activity sessions.
Alternatively, access to a commercial community weight management programme will be facilitated, for those for whom it is an appropriate option.
The Healthier Together programme is a group based approach so participants must be willing and capable to participate in a group programme.
Our PARS scheme provides support and guidance to help people who are inactive and at risk of disease or suffering with a condition that can be improved by physical activity, to make long term lifestyle changes to increase their activity in a safe and enjoyable way.
The programme delivers individually tailored physical activity opportunities and group-based activities. These activities are designed to support eligible adults to become physically active and gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to maintain and improve their physical activity levels.
>All patients will receive an individually tailored physical activity programme, which is developed in partnership with the participant and meets their specific needs. Activity options include, but are not limited to:
Supervised gym sessions
Group exercise classes
Water based exercise
Social sport options
We currently do not accept self referrals, however our Single Point of Access Team will accept referrals from relevant health and care staff, including:
GPs and Practice Nurses
Secondary and community health care providers
Adult Social Care providers
Voluntary and community service providers
We will also accept referrals from other local professionals/services if appropriate.Download referral form here
To qualify for the weight management programme users must be either:
Overweight (BMI >25 kg/m2 or >23.5 BAME*) with risk factors for; type 2 diabetes or CVD
Obese (BMI >30 or >27.5 BAME)
The participant must not have any of the following contraindications:
Pregnant or breastfeeding
A diagnosed eating disorder
Co-morbidity or underlying medical cause of obesity which requires medical intervention
Unstable/uncontrolled moderate/severe mental health condition
* BAME: people of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups.
The patient must be:
Inactive (not currently achieving at least 30 minutes of at least moderate physical activity per week)
Have at least one established risk factor or (stable) chronic condition that could be prevented or improved through being more active.
The patient should not have any of the following:
Require a rehabilitation exercise programme tailored to support recovery from specific conditions including: Cardiac, Stroke, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Disease.
Display contraindications for exercise according to current British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) guidelines.
Unstable and/or limiting physical or mental health condition which requires clinical management/supervision.