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New campaign encourages millions to lose weight and cut COVID-19 risk

By July 27, 2020National News

Published 27th July 

Public Health England (PHE) launches the Better Health campaign to support people to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19. 

Growing evidence suggests that being obese or excessively overweight puts people at greater risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. 

Nation urged to work towards a healthier weight with the support of free tools and apps to help people eat better, lose weight and get active. 

The campaign will be targeted at groups most affected by obesity and is supported by a coalition of partners, including those providing weight management services. 

A new national campaign is under way to encourage millions of adults to kick start their health and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19. 

The campaign – unveiled as part of the government’s new Obesity Strategy – encourages adults to introduce changes that will help them work towards a healthier weight, with a suite of free tools and apps supporting people to eat better, drink less alcohol and get active. This includes a new app for the free 12-week NHS Weight Loss Plan, helping people make healthier food choices and learn skills to prevent weight gain. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

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