Health advice

Excess weight

Excess weight is a combination of overweight (BMI 25+) and obesity (BMI 30+). In Central Bedfordshire (2015) there are 69.1% of adults who have excess weight.

You can calculate your BMI by using the BMI calculator (link opens in new window)

Excess weight can be linked to:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • coronary Heart Disease
  • risk of stroke
  • joint problems
  • depression
  • infertility
  • various cancers
  • sleep apnoea
  • hypertension
  • social discrimination
  • asthma
  • and a shortened life expectancy

To help prevent excess weight, we must be more active and make changes to our diet to eat more healthily.

We have programmes to help people who are overweight (with a BMI of 25+) or those who are obese (BMI of 30+).

The programmes are all delivered by BeeZee Bodies CIC (link opens in new window). They have been commissioned to provide services for adults, children and families across Central Bedfordshire.


BeeZee Bodies (link opens in new window)

This is a family weight management programme for 5 to 15 year olds and their families. The age groups are 5 to 8, 7 to 11 and 12 to 15.

The programme is delivered through 17 weekly sessions, which run in:

  • Houghton Regis / Dunstable
  • Leighton Buzzard
  • Sandy / Biggleswade

The programme covers:

  • advice and ideas about how to live a healthy lifestyle
  • help to manage your child’s weight
  • sessions for parents / carers and child / young person
  • ways to enhance children's self confidence
  • practical healthy eating sessions including quick, easy and cheap recipe ideas
  • advice about portion sizes
  • activities like basketball, street dance and tennis


Weight Watchers and Slimming World

By speaking to your GP or Practice Nurse you can be referred BeeZee Bodies. You will be able to have 12 weeks free at either of these weight loss programmes. There are 90 locations which are run on every day of the week and at a variety of times.

BZBumps (link opens in new window) 

This programme offers healthy changes for mums to be and families during pregnancy. There is light physical activity, maternal health and nutrition.

You can be referred through your midwife or GP.

BZ Ladies

BZ Ladies is a programme created to help women lose weight. It involves individualised support for women of all ages and exercise sessions helping you improve fitness and create healthy eating habits in a relaxed group environment. This programme is free via your GP/practise Nurse or you can refer yourself to BZ Ladies.

Gutless (link opens in new window)

This is a weight loss programme for men with activities, training, support and dietary advice. It is designed to improve fitness, reduce weight and improve mental and physical health. The programme is free via your GP or Practice nurse. You can also refer yourself to Gutless.

BZ Chat (link opens in new window)

This service is for users who do not want to attend weight loss groups. It is a free chat with 1:1 support in physical activity, healthy eating (but not a diet) and support to change behaviour. This service can be accessed through a computer, tablet or smart phone.

For more information about any of the BeeZee Bodies programmes please contact Helen Mayhew.

Tel: 01234 363774


There are also some other services which are not delivered by Beezee Bodies CIC that you might find helpful, including the ones below.

Exercise referral

Your GP can refer you for this programme. The criteria takes into account your health and wellbeing.

It is a 12 week course based at one of our Leisure Centres and includes gym-based activities and some other sessions using a variety of activities to suit your exercise needs.

After your referral, our Physical Activity Team will be in touch to arrange a meet and greet session.

National Child Measurement Programme

Every child in Reception year (age 4 to 5) and year 6 (age 10 to 11) is weighed and measured. Individual results go to parents, with advice and support offered from BeeZee Bodies, Change4Life and the School Nursing teams.

The result from each year band tells us where our support will be most effective. Over time, we are able to build up a picture of the height and weight of our children and make sure that we have the correct services in place to support both children and adults.

Change4life (link opens in new window)

Eat well, move more, live longer.

The Change4life (link opens in new window) campaign is a very good starting point with lots of ideas about healthy eating and physical activity and free resources to download.

One You (link opens in new window)
The new healthy lifestyle campaign aimed at 40-60 years olds with advice on how to make healthy choiced around 7 different lifestyle behaviours.

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