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NewMe Healthy Lifestyle

Welcome to NewMe, a healthy lifestyles campaign run by Barking and Dagenham council for its residents! Get free local support to achieve and maintain a healthy weight by exercising, eating healthy and stopping smoking.

To sign up to our any of our free programmes, please fill out our form below and a member of our team will aim to be in touch with you within five working days.

Sign up to one of our free programmes

No matter how old you are, introducing regular physical activity into your daily life can improve your overall health, ease stress and improve sleep!  The NHS recommends:

  • adults and older people should aim to do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise
  • young people aged between five and 18 should do 60 minutes of physical activity each day
  • children under the age of five should do three hours of activity a day

If you are new to exercising, the NHS choices website has a digital Fitness Studio with some helpful instructor led videos, covering aerobics, strength and resistance, pilates, and yoga.

The NHS website also has a BMI (body mass index) calculator which can help you find out if you're a healthy weight.  You can also use it to check your child's BMI.

Don't forget to always consult your GP or healthcare professional before beginning any exercise or diet programme.

Programmes

Exercise on Referral

Our Exercise on Referral programme is for people aged 18 and over, living in Barking and Dagenham and who have one of the following conditions:

  • cancer
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a group of lung diseases)
  • diabetes type I or II controlled
  • hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
  • hypertension
  • mild to moderate depression
  • osteoporosis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • stress or anxiety

Throughout the 12 week programme, you'll work closely with one of our lifestyle coaches on increasing your physical activity levels, making some lifestyle changes and improving your health.

Once you have finished the programme you will be eligible for a discounted leisure centre membership to help continue with your healthy lifestyle journey.

Ageing Well

Our Ageing Well programme for Barking and Dagenham residents over the age of 60, to improve mental and physical wellbeing. 

For £52 per year, you can access a range of social and active sessions (including zumba gold, bingo, line dancing, tai chi and arts and crafts) across the borough in leisure centres and Active Age Centres such as. 

Please see our full list of sessions and their dates, times and venues.

School's Out Get Active

For children, our School’s Out Get Active programme is a vast array of sports and physical activity sessions running during the six weeks school holidays, which are available for children and young people who live or go to school in Barking and Dagenham.

There are also a whole host of activities taking place in libraries, children’s centres, youth centres and leisure centres. 

Please see our full list of sessions and their dates, times and venues.

To sign up to any of these programmes, please fill out our form below and a member of our team will aim to be in touch with you within five working days.

Sign up to our free programme 

You could also participate in Street Tag which allows residents to record their distance walked, ran or cycled by scanning virtual tags with their smartphone at various locations.  You can then watch your total distance accumulate to climb up on the local leaderboard and win prizes.  You can also receive bonus points by borrowing a book from one of the boroughs libraries. 

There are also a variety of different physical activity sessions for Barking and Dagenham children and young people aged between 5 and 17 years happening at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre and Abbey Leisure Centre.

You could also download and follow the NHS weight loss guide, their free 12-week diet and exercise plan.

To hear from some residents who have achieved their goals through our programmes, visit our YouTube channel to watch their success stories!

Local sports clubs

Below are a number of clubs that residents from Barking and Dagenham can join:

A poor diet can lead to a number of negative side effects including cancer, diabetes, low confidence, stroke, infertility and high cholesterol. 

The NHS BMI (body mass index) calculator can help you find out if you're a healthy weight.  You can also use it to check your child's BMI.

If you're under 18 and pregnant or if you're pregnant or have a child under four years old and are on benefits, you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help you buy some basic foods and milk.

If you think you may be suffering from any of the above conditions, you should speak to your GP or healthcare professional.  You should also consult your GP or healthcare professional before beginning any exercise or diet programme.

Programmes

LEAN (Learning, Exercise and Nutrition) Living

Our free LEAN Living programme is for people aged 18 and over, living in Barking and Dagenham and with a BMI of 25 or more.  

We will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight by providing you with free access to exercise classes, nutrition information, gyms, health walks and provide you a discount to the borough's leisure centres.

There are 12 week programmes, 6 week programmes and a rolling programme where people can just join at any time.  They will also be delivered at times and venues to suit everyone.

View the schedule here for the LEAN Living Healthy Eating programme.

Eat Well, Live Well and Feel Great (ELF)

For adults living in Barking and Dagenham with a learning disability, we have Eat Well, Live Well and Feel Great (ELF), which aims to increase physical health and wellbeing through physical activity and healthy eating sessions.

LEAN Beans

For children living in Barking and Dagenham, we have LEAN Beans, a club where all the family can join to learn, share and play.

The 12 week programme consists of families sharing their experiences and knowledge with others in the group, learning about nutrition in a fun, interactive and engaging way and lots of physical activity (suitable for all abilities) and games for the children.

It will also include free family leisure centre membership and a £20 supermarket voucher to spend on healthy shopping.

HENRY

We also have HENRY, a 9 week programme for children living in Barking and Dagenham aged 0-5 and their parents, which covers a range of topics including nutrition, physical activity, and parenting skills. All taught by our friendly and supportive team.

To sign up to HENRY please download and complete this form. 

To sign up to any of our other programmes, please fill out our form below and a member of our team will aim to be in touch with you within five working days.

Sign up to our free programme

You could also download and follow the NHS weight loss guide, their free 12-week diet and exercise plan.

To hear from some residents who have achieved their goals through our programmes, visit our YouTube channel to watch their success stories!

Recipes

The British Heart Foundation has a recipe finder that contains hundreds of heart healthy recipes with full nutritional analysis. You can filter your search by cuisine, dietary requirements and condition so there's something to suit all tastes and diets.

They also have lots of recipes on eating healthy on a budget.

The BBC have lots of great freezable recipes.

Change4Life has some great tips and advice for healthier lunchboxes.

NHS choices has pulled together 10 surprising 100 calorie snacks – most of which only use three ingredients and take less than 5 minutes to prepare!

Our Stop Smoking Service will provide free, friendly and confidential advice, support, free nicotine replacement medicines and free behavioural therapy to anyone who wants to be smoke free. 

You'll also be able to access lots of information on:

  • what makes you reach for a cigarette
  • tools and tips for stopping smoking
  • benefits of stopping smoking
  • smoking and pregnancy
  • making your home smoke free 

As well as improving your health and lowering your risk of heart disease and cancers by stopping smoking, you'll also be saving money!  Find out how much you could save using the Stop Smoking London savings calculator. 

To sign up to our Stop Smoking Service, please fill out our form below and a member of our team will aim to be in touch with you within five working days.

Sign up to our free programme

For more information on how to stop smoking and the benefits, visit Stop Smoking London and the NHS.

To hear from some residents who have achieved their goals through our programmes, visit our YouTube channel to watch their success stories!

Our programmes

Hear from residents who have improved their health and fitness through our programmes!

Watch more on our YouTube channel.

HENRY

Hear from mum's sharing their experiences of HENRY.

“Hearing from other mums about the different things they are doing or trying was really insightful… I learnt that my idea of portions wasn’t correct, so now his portion sizes have reduced and there’s more variety. I was giving him healthy food but I realised it wasn’t balanced, so now there are different things on his plate… I would encourage others to attend because it is nine weeks of being nurtured as a mum, individually and together with your child, and with your extended family who don’t attend but benefit from the programme. You share experiences and you form bonds with parents which is important as it can be a bit isolating as a mum.” – Naomi

“The programme was amazing, I believe we were a family that needed the intervention to learn about healthier options and this has given me the knowledge to pass onto my children and husband and the rest of my family… It has made me try different foods that I wouldn’t have tried before and the children are benefiting from it because meals are now more exciting… I loved the venue because it is a public venue that we use a lot and so it is a place we feel comfortable in. The members of staff are absolutely amazing and I didn’t feel judged because everybody was here for the same reason… I would recommend the programme to anyone who has children because it teaches you things you thought you already knew, and if it can bring me and my family closer together it can bring any family closer together.’ – Amy

“I enjoyed the group work because the different parents have different parenting skills and we can learn from each other… I have learnt from the HENRY course to give [my child] options, not letting him control but giving him options and it is really working… It is only little changes that you need in your life that makes a difference.’ – Shazna

“The best part was to meet in the group and discuss what else you can do and share ideas with other mums… I learnt about the labelling on food, when I go shopping I want to do it quickly, so I don’t look at the labelling, but now I will do more research on it.” – Jolanta

We also have a great Healthy Lifestyle offer for schools, consisting of the HENRY and Lean Beans programmes and various workshops.

Healthy Lifestyle offer for schools

To sign up or find out more, please contact the Healthy Lifestyle team.

Contact us

020 8724 8018 

healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk