A free service lasting up to 24 weeks to support adults to lose weight, be more active and maintain a long-term healthy weight.

The adult weight management service is fully funded by North Yorkshire County Council public health and is available across North Yorkshire.

The initial programme includes:

  • nutritional sessions;
  • weekly weigh-ins;
  • physical activity sessions;
  • techniques to support behaviour change;
  • a personal weight loss plan;
  • a physical activity agreement; and
  • regular reviews to monitor progress. 

The overarching aim for each individual is to gain control of their own weight and health.

If the individual is successful in achieving a five per cent weight loss after the first 12 weeks, they will be eligible for another 12 weeks' worth of free support in the form of a maintenance programme.

If the individual is unsuccessful in completing a 12-week programme or achieving a five per cent weight loss, they can be offered a re-referral after a 24 week gap.

Those eligible for the service

Individuals who are eligible to access the adult weight management service must:

  • be aged eighteen or over;
  • have a BMI equal to or greater than 25; and
  • live in North Yorkshire, be registered with a GP practice in North Yorkshire, or be working for an organisation based in North Yorkshire.

Those not eligible for the service

Individuals meeting the following criteria are excluded from this service: 

  • those under the age of eighteen;
  • who have a BMI of less than 25;
  • who are pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • have a diagnosed eating disorder;
  • have an underlying medical cause for obesity and would benefit from more intensive clinical management from a tier three service;
  • have a significant unmanaged co-morbidity* or complex needs as identified by their GP or other healthcare professional; or
  • have had bariatric surgery in the last two years.

*e.g. type 2 diabetes, cardio vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (unmanaged meaning not on medication and / or not subject to regular clinical review, or not completed a management programme such as diabetes management or cardiac rehabilitation).

Those adults that do not meet the eligibility criteria can still receive weight management support from NHS Choices.

Making a referral

If you would like to make a referral to the adult weight management service, please contact the provider for your district area.

Once the referral is received, the provider will contact the individual to arrange an initial triage assessment.

Area Contact details
Craven - 'Healthy Lifestyles' Telephone: 01756 792805
Email: healthylifestyles@cravendc.gov.uk 
Hambleton - 'Take That Step' Telephone: 01609 767241
Email: takethatstepteam@hambleton.gov.uk (secure email: takethatstepteam@hambleton.gcsx.gov.uk)
Harrogate - 'Fit 4 Life' Telephone: 01942 404799
Email: ihl.wigan@nhs.net 
Richmondshire - 'Healthy Futures' Telephone: 0330 120 0544 option 3
Email: northyorks@maplehealthgroup.co.uk
Ryedale - 'NHS Weight Management Service' Telephone: 0800 917 7752
Email: hnf-tr.weightmanagement@nhs.net 
Scarborough - 'NHS Weight Management Service' Telephone: 0800 917 7752
Email: hnf-tr.weightmanagement@nhs.net  
Selby - 'Move It, Lose It' Telephone: 01942 404799
Email: ihl.wigan@nhs.net 


Re-referrals are available under the following conditions:

  • Where the client has previously received a triage assessment and the service was deemed not appropriate at that time;
  • Where the client has not successfully completed the 12-week structured programme. There should be a 24 week gap before re-referral (a maximum of two attempts per client); or
  • Where the client has previously completed the 12-week structured programme but not achieved a five percent weight loss at 12 weeks. The provider will take into account the person’s circumstances, previous experiences of weight management and commitment to change. There should be a 24 week gap before referral with a maximum of two attempts per client.

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