A new, free way to help people to monitor their weight has been introduced at Sandwell libraries.
Weigh2GO is a free, informal, self-monitoring weight management programme using the latest technology and is available at all Sandwell libraries.
The scheme – which uses smart scales for people to track and monitor their weight – is run by the council’s public health team with support from libraries.
People who are Sandwell residents or have a Sandwell GP and have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 23 or above should contact the Healthy Sandwell team on 0800 011 4656 for a free referral.
Under Weigh2GO, people weigh themselves on smart scales and their weight data is sent to their smart phones or smart devices and email account. They can also access support online and track their progress through the programme. The programme uses smart scales and is therefore compatible with wearable activity trackers.
Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “This is a new valuable tool which can help people to get accurate and regular checks on their weight.
“I think it is important that this new service is available in all areas at all Sandwell libraries so that they have a flexible way in their busy lifestyles to regularly monitor their weight.”
Public health officers point out that since the scheme started, they have found that participants are losing a significant amount of weight.
This programme is supported by weight management development officers (WMDOs) who work for public health. They have expanded the programme into several community settings, such as leisure centres and faith organisations, to help more people access this simple but effective programme.