1st Apr 2022

Shape Up Herts Weight Management Programme

The Shape Up weight project is commissioned by Public Health Herts. The program focuses on combatting the growing problem of obesity amongst middle aged men in our county.

In Hertfordshire the numbers are equally troubling with 67% of adult males currently overweight or obese. Aside from the huge (and growing) cost to the NHS, the personal consequences associated with this are significant.Several medical issues are associated with Obesity including:

 Possible obesity related diseases:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Diabetes

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

  • Gall bladder disease

  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)

  • Heart disease

  • Cancer

Not to mention social implication to obese individuals:

  • Low self esteem

  • Bullying

  • Possible reduction in productivity and job prospects

  • Family implications


This is why the Shape Up programme is being delivered to areas across Hertfordshire. It is designed as a programme that educates the public to develop a healthy relationship with food and change unhealthy behaviours and habits that cause weight gain. The programme engages men in a fun and effective way and uses group exercise and sport to improve fitness and support weight loss.

 Further information can be found here

25th Mar 2022

Social Prescribers

Social Prescribing Link Workers

Lots of things in life can be stressful and impact on our wellbeing. Social prescribing link workers can help in many ways.

We can listen to your problems and help you work out what action to take.

We can support you to make changes in your life that will improve your health and wellbeing.

We can put you in touch with support and advice services and community groups in and around Stevenage.

Examples of issues where a social prescriber can provide support;

Loneliness/ self-isolation
Emotional wellbeing
Caring responsibilities

Please ask about a referral to social prescribing at your next appointment or call us on 01438 364488