In addition to the standard NHS medical and pharmaceutical interventions, Bexley currently offers a range of services aimed at preventing and treating obesity within the borough.
London Borough of Bexley (LBB) offer an adult weight management referral scheme, provided by commercial provider(s). This scheme offers 12 weeks free on one of the programmes. It is open to people living in Bexley or registered with a Bexley GP, who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- BMI of 28kg/m2 with a comorbidity (e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, musculoskeletal problems) or have
- a BMI of 30kg/m2or over.
If participants attend 80% of sessions and achieve a minimum of 3% weight loss, they are eligible for a second 12-weeks free on the programme.
For children aged 11-15 years, one provider offers a “Free2Go” programme where the focus is on healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Children require authorisation from their parent / guardian to participate in this programme and the parent / guardian must accompany them when they attend.
London Borough of Bexley commission a child weight management service for younger children aged 4-11 years. “Alive ‘N’ Kicking” is a 12-week programme for children over 91st BMI centile, which adopts a multi-faceted approach to educating parents in healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices, as well as encouraging children to engage in physical activity. Everyone Health also provide the “School Time Obesity Prevention” (S.T.O.P.) programme for children aged 8-11 years. This 6-week intervention is delivered in schools and aims to raise awareness of physical activity and healthy eating in both children and teachers, whilst helping to reduce the number of children with excess weight in schools.
To promote healthy nutrition in schools, LBB also currently works with the “Food Growing Schools: London Partnership” to deliver workshops with encourage schools to start growing their own food. In addition to this, a separate project called “Project Learning Garden” has provided 10 Bexley primary schools with 2.5k worth of growing and cooking kits, as well as on-going support and guidance, for them to create their own school garden for growing fruit and vegetables. In this way healthy eating, cooking and food growing are promoted and the garden can act as a location and resource for outdoor education.
Bexley also participates in the “Healthier Catering Commitment” (HCC), which is a London-wide voluntary scheme, promoted by local authorities, which encourages catering businesses to reduce the amount of fat, salt and sugars in the food they sell. Working on the principle that “small changes can make a big difference,” catering businesses can achieve certification under the scheme by meeting criteria such as healthier frying, providing access to fruit and vegetables and reducing salt and sugar.
LBB is also signed up to the “Sugar Smart” campaign run by Jamie Oliver and Sustain, which encourages both individuals and organizations to pledge to reduce sugar consumption.
The Public Health, Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health teams in Bexley Council are currently working on the EU funded “TRiFOCAL” project, which aims to promote healthy and sustainable eating, reduce food waste and improve recycling of food. Eight other London boroughs are participating in the TRiFOCAL (“Transforming City FOod hAbits for Life”) project, but locally the project will involve several events centred on reusing food in healthy meals and reducing food waste. The local launch event for the TRiFOCAL project, which will include food stalls, is scheduled for July 2018. It is intended that there will also be workshops on sustainable eating, recycling and reducing food waste delivered in local schools.
 Slimming World (2018). Free2Go for teens. Available at: https://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/our-members/free2go.aspx
 Everyone Health (2018). Alive ‘N’ Kicking. Available at: http://www.everyonehealth.co.uk/our-services/children/alive-n-kicking/
 Everyone Health (2018). Schools – S.T.O.P. Available at: http://www.everyonehealth.co.uk/our-services/children/school-stop/
 Food Growing Schools: London Partnership (2018). Who we are. Available at: https://www.foodgrowingschools.org/about
 Garden Organic. Project Learning Garden. Available at: https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/project-learning-garden-captain-planet-foundation
 Greater London Authority (2018). The Healthier Catering Commitment. Available at: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/business-and-economy/food/our-projects-food-london/healthier-catering-commitment#acc-i-48604
 Sustain and The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation UK (2018). Sugar Smart. Available at: https://www.sugarsmartuk.org
 TRiFOCAL London (2018). About TRiFOCAL. Available at: http://trifocal.eu.com/about-trifocal/