LIVEWELL Dorset is supporting a new national health campaign and Dorset residents are encouraged to get active and eat better.

Public Health England launched the Better Health campaign last week hoping to stimulate a national reset movement to get people focusing on eating well and exercising more. The campaign is being supported by Active Dorset, Public Health Dorset, Dorset and Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch councils and LiveWell Dorset. The partners will use a joined up approach to promote the campaign across the whole county.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a lot of people to reflect and think more seriously about their health. Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity which can make it harder to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and COVID-19.

The Better Health campaign aims to support individuals on their weight loss journey as well as provide advice and support for people quitting smoking, drinking less and looking after their mental health.

Chief executive of Active Dorset, Martin Kimberley, said: "The COVID-19 situation has led to many of us re-evaluating our health and recognising that we can make some positive changes to live a healthier lifestyle, by both getting active and adjusting our diets. Small changes to our habits can lead to big health improvements and reduce the burden on our NHS, the time is now to make a lasting difference to our health and wellbeing."

Dorset residents interested in losing some weight can download the NHS 12-week weight loss plan app or visit the online website. The plan promotes safe and sustainable weight loss and helps users to make healthier choices. It also enables users to keep track of their calorie intake, portions of fruit and vegetables, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain.

Individuals looking to kickstart their health journey can register with LiveWell Dorset to access free, personalised advice and guidance. For more information, visit