Healthy eating and healthy weight

It is really important for your mental and physical wellbeing to keep active and eat well. We know that extra weight causes fat to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.

With so much information about food, good and bad, available to us through social media and the internet these days, it’s hard to know what to eat and why.

Understanding how certain foods affect your body and mind is important and can help choices about what to have for dinner, or whether to have a snack, much easier. 

Use the links below to find a range of information about healthy eating, useful weight loss tools and evidence-based advice. You may also be referred by your GP or health professional to specific weight loss schemes.


The NHS website has more information and advice on losing weight.

Free weight management lifestyle services through Swindon Borough Council


A 12 week Slimming World weight management programme is available via GP referral, free of charge, subject to meeting all the following criteria: 

  • Swindon Borough Council resident and
  • aged 16 years and over and
  • have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater and
  • are ready to tackle your weight and
  • are eligible for free prescriptions


Children and their parents or carers

We are passionate about supporting children and families to be healthy. We’re helping families to lead healthy lifestyles through a FREE, fun, 10-week Healthy Families programme to make a big difference to their lives. The programme includes healthy eating tips for kids and team games to get the whole family active. The programme runs every school term and follow on support is offered to families to build and maintain healthy habits.

Visit the Healthy Families page to find out when the next programme is running.

Also visit the NHS website for easy recipes and other health apps.

For more information on Swindon Borough Council weight management services, contact the Live Well Hub on 01793 465513 or We are available Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Other sources of health information

NHS choices website provides advice on common health conditions.  There are thousands of freely available articles, videos, tools and apps to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

You can find out more about support and social care services if you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability.

This page was updated on 02/08/22.