Healthy Living and FWMS

Recommended Reading, Reviewed by Dr Hughes

Living with Bariatric Surgery by Denise Ratcliffe (Routledge)

This great book is written by a psychologist and deals with preparing for bariatric surgery and life after surgery, including managing emotions without using food as a comfort.

The Doctors Kitchen by Rupy Aujla (Thorsons)

  This book gives sensible medical advice on healthy eating, plus lots of tasty recipes.

Carbs and Cals by Chris Cheyette and Yello Balolia (Chello)

Written by a dietitian, there is a whole series of Carbs and Cals books with pictures and food portions, with calorie and carbohydrate details.  There are also online resources, all highly recommended.

Understanding your eating-How to eat and not worry about it  by Julia Buckroyd Open University Press

This books looks at how disordered eating and emotional eating develop, and offers strategies to cope with it. It uses stories and case studies to explain and may be helpful for people interested in this area. The resource section at the end is also useful.


Advertisement - Volunteers Required for Research Study

We are seeking healthy volunteers to take part in an online study designed to increase healthy choices to food.  In order to take part, you must be:

  • Aged 18+
  • Be interested in losing weight, and have a BMI >25 kg/m2
  • Have access to the Internet
  • Not have a diagnosis of an eating disorder, or received bariatric surgery.

You will complete 5 online sessions (one week apart) which will examine food value and choice, as well as some reaction time tasks.  Each session will take approximately 10 minutes.

Follow this link to participate:

For each session of the study you complete, you will be placed into a prize draw to win one of four iPads.

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Dr Andrew Jones by email

"150 Minutes"

"150 Minutes" is a short film that has been created by Active Norfolk and Norfolk County Council’s public health team to highlight the benefits of healthy activity for all ages in Norfolk. 

"One You" Campaign

The NHS "One You" website offers advice on healthy eating, physical activity, stopping smoking and other health issues.  You can complete a health quiz and there are useful free apps to download:

Don't wait until the New Year, start making healthy changes now!

Free Conservation Volunteering Programme

TCV are currently running a free conservation volunteering programme, giving people the chance to learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy helping wildlife and the countryside in the heart of Norfolk.

Participants do not need to be physically fit or have any previous experience.  A friendly experienced leader provides all the training needed.  The activities are suitable for anyone aged over 16 years.  

For more information, please contact Mark Webster on 07843 069567 or email

Get Up and Grow

"Get Up and Grow", hosted by TCV North Norfolk Workout Project, provides an opportunity for anyone in North Norfolk to learn about the natural world, enjoying countryside leisure activities and doing practical conservation work within their locality.  Participation in this project works well in conjunction with conventional exercise and therapeutic schemes, although this is not essential.

For more information, please contact TCV North Norfolk Workout Project (Countryside Section):

TCV North Norfolk Workout Project (Countryside Section)
North Norfolk District Council
Holt Road
NR27 9EN 
Telephone: 01263 516336/07843 069567 

The NHS Choices website has plenty of information and useful leaflets on healthy diet, exercise and losing weight.

North Norfolk Fit Together

Walking is a great way to find out more about the area you live in and to meet new people.  Research has also shown that it is an excellent activity for you to do to help improve your health.  Just 150 minutes of moderate activity a week can have many benefits including:

  • keeping your heart, muscles and bones healthy
  • reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • lowering your blood pressure
  • reducing feelings of stress
  • giving you more energy

North Norfolk Fit Together offer exciting free walks for all to enjoy, as well as other activities.  To find out more information or for a programme of activities, simply follow this link:

Alternatively, contact Melanie Brown by:
Telephone: 07766 259999
Post: Melanie Brown, Fit Together County Coordinator, NNDC, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EN. 

Fun & Fit Norfolk

Fun & Fit Norfolk run free courses for adults, including small group activity sessions, at the Fakenham surgery.

For more information, please visit or telephone 01603 732333.

Active 10

Public Health England has launched a new physical activity campaign and app called 'Active 10'.  For more information, please click here.

Home Cook for a Healthier, Happier Life

No need to turn to processed foods because the nutritional information is on the packaging - Cook&Count app does all the working out for you and gives you the key nutritional information for any dish you prepare.

An NHS approved app that calculates nutrition and calories in recipes you cook:

Weight Management Programme

The Fakenham Weight Mangement Service (FWMS) offers a weight management programme to people who are clinically obese (BMI >35) and who need to lose weight for medical reasons e.g. sufferers of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and those with chronic mental illness.

If you are interested in participating in the programme, please discuss this with your GP or practice nurse to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.  Participation is by referral only.

The Fakenham Weight Management Service Support Group

We can only offer this group to those who have been accepted onto our Weight Management Programme, or are already participating.

Support Group Sessions

The Fakenham Weight Management Service is pleased to be able to offer a Support Group for all participants who have completed a year on our Programme or for those who are six months or more into the Programme.

We will be running two support groups on the first Thursday of each month:

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Support Group
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm Post/Pre-Bariatric Support Group 

(1st August - Topic: Body Image with Carol Shaw. 4.30pm start)


Useful Links

Active Norfolk - providing a coherent and structured approach to the development of sport and physical activity in Norfolk through a strong and integrated partnership
Fakenham Info Hub - all you need to know about Fakenham
North Norfolk Fit Together - taking small steps together - free walks
Norfolk's Living Well - offering local services in Norfolk & Waveney for a healthier, happier you!
The Joy of Food - delivering food skills in the community
National Obesity Forum - tackling diabetes, heart disease and weight related illness
Fun & Fit Norfolk - free activity courses to change bad habits for good
Mind in Cambridgeshire - offering useful tips on stress management, sleep and mindfulness
NHS Choices - healthy living for everyone - a choice of NHS healthy living apps
Beat - helping people with eating disorders including emotional and binge eating, bulimia and anorexia
Overeaters Anonymous - Overeaters Anonymous offers a programme of recovery from compulsive eating using the "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA". The Twelve Steps work for anyone with any eating issues including over eating, under eating, obesity, anorexia and bulimia. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.  It offers both local groups and telephone and web-based support.
Adult Diabetes Videos - These films, produced by the Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, are designed to give information about Type 2 diabetes and how to live with this condition.
Adult Diabetes Podcasts - This series of podcasts, produced by the Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, looks at different aspects of living with diabetes.
PHE's "One You" Campaign - Fitting some physical activity into your day is easier than you think.
One You "Couch to 5K - The "Couch to 5K" app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. 
Free 12 Week Weight Loss Guide - The NHS Choices 12 week weight loss guide combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity.
British Heart Foundation Facts not Fads - Facts not fads - Your simple guide to healthy weight loss.
Physical Activity for Pregnant Women - physical activity advice for pregnant women.
British Nutrition Foundation - Healthy eating advice and tips.
Weight Concern - a charity supporting people who are trying to lose weight, addressing both physical and psychological needs.