Supporting the new national Better Health - Let’s Do This campaign that the Prime Minister launched this week, BMI Can Do It is an exciting new movement developed specifically for our local community to support their journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
Dr Jessica Randall-Carrick, a local GP and lead for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explains:
“We all know our shoe size, our clothes size and our height, but most people don’t know their BMI. The single best thing you can do for your health, and for the NHS, is reduce your BMI if yours is too high – so knowing your BMI is a crucial first step.
“If you have a higher than recommendedBMI then you are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, or having a stroke or heart attack. We also know that you are at greater risk of serious health consequences if you contract COVID-19, which is why we want to help encourage people to join our movement to eat well, sleep well and move more.
“We know it’s not always easy, but by taking those first steps towards a healthier lifestyle you will have a positive impact on your health. That’s why we are asking everyone to say BMI Can Do It and get involved today!”
The movement sets out a range of challenges for people to undertake individually, amongst groups of friends or work colleagues. They are easy to follow and don’t require any specialist equipment or gym membership and are suitable for everyone, from those starting out on the healthy living journey to those already undertaking regular exercise. They focus on eating well, sleeping well and moving more, and are combined with a range of support tips and tools to help people join the movement.
Driven by the NHS and supported by a range of local partners, including Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, BMI Can Do It is designed to help people get healthier and happier over the coming months.
The movement is part of a wider programme of activity supported by an investment of up to £1 million by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, which includes specialist services delivered via the NHS for those who need further support to manage their weight or Type 2 Diabetes.
Dr Gary Howsam, local GP and Chair of the CCG added: “Never before have we invested so much time and resource into improving the health of our local community by supporting them to make positive lifestyle changes. By working together as a local health and social care system we can really make a difference to the lives of so many local people – helping to improve their mental and physical wellbeing at the same time as protecting the NHS. I’d encourage everyone to join the movement today and join me on one of our challenges.”
You can join the movement by visiting www.bmicandoit.co.uk or by following us on social media @BMICanDoIt on Instagram and Twitter, find us on Facebook by searching for BMI Can Do It or the hashtag #BMICanDoIt.