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Current services in relation to need

Background papers: Lifestyle and wider determinants :: Healthy weight :: Obesity :: Current services in relation to need

The Medway Council Public Health Team provide a range of prevention and treatment services to tackle obesity. The team also coordinate a network of private, public, voluntary and academic sector partners, who collectively make up the Medway Supporting Healthy Weight Network. This network provides a range of interventions to tackle obesity and share the same vision: “Working together to support all Medway residents to adopt healthier lifestyles and achieve a healthy weight”.

A full list of interventions can be found below (as of December 2017), and for ease of presentation, have been categorised into 8 key areas. An intervention is defined as any project or initiative currently active in Medway, which has a key aim of tackling obesity, or promoting healthy eating and physical activity.


• Medway allotments scheme
• School food growing projects

Healthy eating

• Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) training to professionals, volunteers and champions
• Farmers markets in Rochester, Elm Court and Cliffe
• Free school meals for all years in key stage 1 and wider school food project
• Hot food takeaway planning guidance note
• Healthy start voucher and vitamin scheme
• Nursery and pre-school support project
• Medway cooks recipe programme
• Healthy cookery programme including 6 week courses, little chefs and little food explorers
• Tesco farm to fork project


• Beside You: normalising breastfeeding campaign and setting breastfeeding policies
• Breastfeeding support from midwives, health visitors, voluntary sector and peer support network
• Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative: accreditation for acute and community settings
• Tongue-tie and breastfeeding support clinic

Healthy settings

• Medway workplace health scheme


• A Better Medway (ABM), Change4Life and One You campaign promotions

Physical activity

• Medway Council mass events: Medway Mile, Big Splash and Big Ride
• Active Medway Cycling Groups
• Medway Health Walks
• Nordic Walking
• Exercise Referral
• Greenspace offer of country parks, parks, green gyms and play areas
• Medway Council leisure centres
• Sport disability open day and community disability sport clubs
• Active retirement association clubs
• Bikeability in schools
• Bus routes, park and ride and concessionary bus fares
• Community activity providers (i.e. ski centre and Arethusa)
• Free swimming for under 16s and over 60s
• Gillingham FC community outreach
• School sports partnerships (Greenacre Academy and The Howard School)
• Medway Adult Community Learning activity sessions
• Medway cycling routes
• Medway Festival of Sport
• Medway mini youth games
• Sport centre open days
• Parksport
• Walk and cycle to school initiative
• Parkrun
• Daily Mile
• Community health rehabilitation services
• Scouts, brownies and cub groups

Weight management services

• Healthy Way
• Tipping the Balance
• Tri for you and MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!)
• FitFix
• Weight Watchers
• Slimming World
• Bariatric surgery
• Orlistat prescriptions
• Community nutrition and dietetics service
• Change4Life schools club


• A Better Medway champions training
• Health Visiting service
• Midwifery service
• School nursing service
• Make Every Contact Count project

Information for each intervention can be found on the A Better Medway website.