Come and find out your Body Mass Index

PEOPLE in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area will be able to find out their Body Mass Index (BMI) by visiting one of their local pharmacies.As part of January and February's obesity campaign, health professionals, including health trainers, will be visiting pharmacies and offering customers the chance to find out their BMI.

PEOPLE in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area will be able to find out their Body Mass Index (BMI) by visiting one of their local pharmacies.

As part of January and February's obesity campaign, health professionals, including health trainers, will be visiting pharmacies and offering customers the chance to find out their BMI.

BMI is a calculated measurement using a person's weight and height. The measurement is an indicator of how healthy their weight and height is, ranging from underweight through to morbidly obese.

Tracey Read, health promoter from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: 'If you're worried about your weight or even curious to find out what your BMI measurement might be - or even your child's weight - then please do come along to one of the sessions and we can work it out for you.


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'It's really important people take up this opportunity to find out what their BMI is. Knowing the measurement - which is in the form of a numeric figure is an important indicator of future health risks.'

Miss Read and her colleagues will be at Boots in Market Gates Shopping Centre in Great Yarmouth from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday, January 27, at Asda Pharmacy in Acle New Road, Great Yarmouth from 11am to 2pm on Friday, January 29, Boots in London Road North, Lowestoft from 11am to 2pm on Thursday, February 4 and Superdrug Pharmacy in The Britten Centre from 11am to 2pm on Friday, February 5.

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Miss Read added: 'The free BMI calculation will be worked out in a private consultation room and the information is confidential. There's no medical procedure - we just use the weight and height information from that person.

'The checks are part of the obesity campaign and everyone will be given some healthy lifestyle information about free courses available to them in the area they live.'

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney provide a range of free lifestyle programmes including the Stop Smoking Service, which people can sign up for by texting QUIT to 65000 or calling 01493 452067 and the new Do Something Different programme for people with a BMI of 27 to 40 who may have struggled with other 'diets'. For more information text CHANGE to 65000, call 0800 027 6413 or email change@dsdeast.co.uk to sign up or find out more.

Miss Read added: 'There are so many things people can do to improve their BMI and we will be more than happy to talk through some of these options and offer information on the programmes available through the NHS.'

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