Up! Up! Living lighter the African and Caribbean way
Up! Up! Living lighter the African and Caribbean way is a weight management programme tailored for people of Black, African and Caribbean heritage living in Lewisham. The programme is free to access.
This service has been developed through an extensive co-production process led by Kings College London and Food for Purpose and delivered by Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.
The 12-week programme is made up of three components: physical activity, nutrition coaching and cooking sessions. Both virtual, and face to face, sessions are available. Face-to-face sessions are currently held in Catford South and New Cross.
To sign up to the UP! UP! programme, complete the Self Referral Form.
If you are eligible for the programme, you will be contacted by the team about the next steps.
Universal adult weight management
Slimming World on Referral
12 weeks for FREE at a Slimming World Group or 3-month membership to Slimming World Digital*
Both include access to Slimming World members-only app and website, with recipes, workout videos, inspirational success stories, plus the Slimming World barcode scanner.
• Aged 16 and over - those aged 16 or 17 will need to attend with an adult (parent/guardian)
• Resident in London Borough of Lewisham and/or registered with GP in the borough
• BMI 30 or above (BMI 25 and above for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups due to increased risk of long-term health conditions)
• Not been a paying member at Slimming World in the last 3 months
• No history of eating disorders
2nd and 3rd referrals available for those who still meet above criteria, attend minimum of 9 weeks and lose 5% of start weight (5% weight loss does not apply to anyone who is pregnant).
You can be referred by a GP, midwife, health professional or pharmacist or you can self-refer by calling: 01773 546088 (9am-6pm Mon-Fri)
You will need to have your height, weight and NHS number ready for the call.
To find out more information and locate your nearest group:
If you are trying for a baby, pregnant or a new parent:
Being underweight is not good for your health. Find out more about what you can do if you are concerned about yourself or someone else.
If you are overweight or obese, try to lose some weight. Aim to lose weight gradually up to 2lbs a week. Find out more about eating a healthy, balanced diet and how to maintain good health that can help you feel your best. There is help available in the borough if you are trying to lose weight:
Referral to a dietician
If you have a BMI of 35+ (or a BMI 30+ if you have two or more existing diseases), you can be referred to a community dietician for specialist weight management. The clinics take place in a one-to-one environment and you can be referred by your GP, practice nurse or our health trainers.
Check your weight
A good way to check if you and your family are keeping to a healthy weight is to check your body mass index (BMI). This will give you an upper and a lower range that is right for your height and age. You can also check the BMI of other members of your family, including your children.