Worcestershire County Council continues to work hard to get the county moving and to eat healthily with a series of initiatives aimed at tackling obesity.
A recent NHS report showed that hospital admissions directly attributable to obesity reduced in Worcestershire over the last two years. However, admissions where obesity was a factor relevant to the patient's care have gone up.
The report suggests some of this increase may be due to hospitals being more likely to record obesity. It does highlight that being overweight or obese has become the norm and further supports the need for us all to continue to tackle the rising tide of obesity.
Frances Howie, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire, said: "There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels.
"We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy balanced diet and being more active. Whilst it is a matter for people to take responsibility for, it is important that we offer a helping hand to those looking to change their lifestyle and their relationships with food and exercise."
The council supports and promotes Public Health England's 'One You', 'Start4Life' and Change4Life campaigns to promote healthy eating and exercise as part of living a healthy lifestyle, to help people to lose weight and lead healthy longer, active lives.
The County Council encourages residents to take advantage of the county's natural landscapes and increase their levels of exercise to the recommended 150 minutes of activity each week, such as cycling or brisk walking. Health Walks across the county, encourage people to meet for regular brisk walks, increasing their daily number of steps, whilst enjoying Worcestershire's open spaces.
To find your local walking group visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/file/5264/worcestershire_health_walks_groups or walkingforhealth.org.uk and use the 'View Finder'.
Obesity and excess weight are significant health issues for children, adults and into old age. People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers and can also affect self-esteem and mental health.