Weigh in on smart scales at libraries

Published 7th November 2016

People keen to lose weight are getting help with unique smart scales – located at Sandwell libraries as part of a ground breaking health scheme.

Sandwell is the first council in the country to introduce SMART scales as part of its Weigh2Go weight loss scheme.

The scales are free to use and measure people’s weight, bmi and body fat and send the data straight to the user’s phone or email so people can track their weight.

People need to sign up with Healthy Sandwell, part of Sandwell Public Health, to register to use the scales, which are currently located at six borough libraries.

The scales are West Bromwich Central, Wednesbury, Glebefields, Oldbury, Smethwick and Blackheath and the team is now looking for more places to locate the scales so they are easily accessible for people.

The scheme is part of a wide-ranging package of measures to help people lose weight and keep healthy.

Councillor Preet Gill, cabinet member for public health, said: “We have various weight management packages for people to use including weight watchers, group sessions, fitness packages and nutrition support. However, there was a gap for people who don’t want group sessions and weekly weigh-ins so we have introduced SMART scales for people to use at a time to suit them.

“Almost 70 per cent of adults in Sandwell are overweight or obese according to NHS Health Check data. Smoking and obesity are the leading cause of disease and illness in our borough, and while smoking prevalence has reduced in Sandwell, we have a growing obesity problem and introducing these scales is another element of our ongoing commitment to tackle this health issue.”    

Healthy Sandwell is looking for more settings for the scales to go. If organisations are interested in the scheme, and would like to have some scales, they need to email Samuel Palmer, Samuel_palmer@sandwell.gov.uk, who can send details about the scheme. Organisations have until 30th November to express interest.

Healthy Sandwell says more than 1,000 people a month use its advice services but wants to help more people lead healthier lives.

The team helps residents to quit smoking, lose weight, access NHS Health Checks, get active and get the support they need for alcohol and drug related problems.

Since the service started three years ago, the number of people it has helped has tripled, but there are still many people who could benefit.

Healthy Sandwell offers free support to all ages, families and individuals to get people more more active, eating better and maintaining a healthy weight for good.

Our support includes:

  • Free sessions based around a personalised plan
  • Ongoing support from a professional
  • Group sessions
  • Exercise classes including Zumba, aerobics and then moderate classes
  • Cooking and eating support workshops
  • Cycling sessions
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Walking groups
  • Tailored weight loss sessions

If you are interested in understanding more about Healthy Sandwell, go to the Healthy Sandwell, or call the team on 0800 011 46 56.