It’s National Obesity Awareness Week – and there’s now a dedicated website to help people in Sandwell get free support and advice on losing weight.

Around 70 per cent of Sandwell adults are classed as either overweight or obese, according to research.

The Healthy Sandwell team warns that becoming overweight or obese increases the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

The new www.sandwellhealthyweight.co.uk website is the first port of call for all things weight management in Sandwell.

Check out weight management sessions commissioned by Sandwell’s public health team on an easy-to-use map.

Find case studies and video interviews with people who have taken part in weight management programmes.

There’s also information on the site for parents who have received a letter from their child’s school nurse. Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “Losing weight is at the top of a lot of our New Year’s resolutions lists. Losing and keeping the weight off is not easy but it is doable. “Making small, simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking and your level of activity can really help you lose the pounds. “For most people, bringing their weight down to healthy levels involves both exercising more and eating healthier foods. “We have lots of support for Sandwell residents to help them kick off their weight loss journey.”

For more information on support to lose weight in Sandwell, please call the Healthy Sandwell team on 0800 011 46 56 or go to the www.sandwellhealthyweight.co.uk website.