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Healthy weight


Maintaining a healthy weight is important as it can affect your physical and mental health.

If you are not a healthy weight, you have an increased risk of high cardiovascular disease, a weakened immune system, fragile bones and other illnesses such as some types of cancer and gout.

The best way to achieve a healthy weight is to instil healthy eating and exercise habits from an early age as they are likely to be continued through childhood all the way to adulthood.

 To help achieve or maintain a healthy weight try to:

  • Do regular physical activity and try and build it into your daily routines. For example, try to walk as much as possible and don't use the car as much for short journeys. Even 10 minutes of physical activity is better than nothing. Children aged 0-5 years should be as active as much as possible.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet including eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, eating smaller portions of food and eating breakfast.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol - alcohol contains a high number of calories. 
  • Get plenty of sleep - adults should be getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

Check your weight

Checking to see if you are a healthy weight is easy! Use the NHS: BMI healthy weight calculator to help you to check your BMI, which is a measure of your body fat based on your height and your weight.

Ways to achieve a healthy weight

  • Move: is here to support you on your journey to move more. Whether you're looking for advice on staying motivated, some local activities to try, or some more specialist one to one support, you can find everything you need to get moving.  
  • Community classes: our ways to wellbeing programme supports adults to improve their health and wellbeing. You can access a wide range of opportunities to support your wellbeing, including meeting new people, being more active and learning new skills.
  • Leisure centres: we have 14 leisure centres across the county that offer a wide range of facilities and activities.
  • Wellbeing for Life: provide services that can support you to improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life.
  • Growing Healthy County Durham: promote healthy lifestyle/weight for children and young people aged 0-19 years.
  • NHS Healthy weight: provide advice if you think you or your child are overweight/underweight.
  • Find your Move : whether you're looking for some advice on staying motivated, some local activities to try, or some more specialist one to one support, you can find everything you need to get you moving here.

Further support

  • Change4Life: tips and advice on eating well and being active.
  • Age UK County Durham: advice on healthy eating, fitness and exercise for older people.
  • NHS: Obesity: information on the health risks associated with obesity.
  • NHS: Lose Weight: a range of advice on how to lose weight including the 12-week NHS Weight Loss Plan. 
  • NHS: Eat Well: a range of advice on how to eat well, spend less and with a range of easy meal recipes.
  • NHS: Better Health: provides a range of tools and apps to help people improve their health.
Contact us
Public Health
03000 264 109
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Adult and Health Services
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ