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Posted on the 15th January 2016

Lancashire residents are being encouraged to make time and look after themselves to improve their health ahead of National Obesity Awareness week as part of JanUary.

JanUary is led by the National Obesity Forum and is linked to National Obesity Awareness week which takes place between 12 - 18 January. The Fit Squad at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the campaign which encourages people to cook healthier, avoid snacking and exercising more by making small manageable changes to their lifestyle for a healthier 'you". Obesity has the second largest impact on public health in the UK after smoking and costs the UK over 40 billion pounds a year.

Tracy Sutton, Healthy Lifestyles Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"With 1 in 4 adults considered obese, it"s really important to look after ourselves and each other. Our team provide a free service to adults in the area that need help and support with their diet and exercise regime, whether it"s getting started or staying motivated. January is hard enough so make life a little easier and make that first step by contacting the team."

Do something good for you and join the campaign by visiting for top tips on how to cook healthier and how to start doing small exercises that will make a big difference.

The Healthy Lifestyle team at the Trust provides a free weight management and physical activity programme for individuals and can be contacted either by email at or by telephone. For people living in Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire please contact us on 01772 644158. For people in the East Lancashire area please contact us on 01254 283340.