Weight Management at Murrays Pharmacy
It is worrying to learn that in the UK, over 50% of the population are classed as overweight with a proportion of those falling into the “obese” category. Being overweight is, without doubt, a serious health risk. Not only are you at increased risk of conditions such as heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis from the strain on the joints and some cancers, but should you need urgent surgery, obesity can cause issues when using anaesthetics, putting you at an additional risk during lifesaving procedures. It is thought that today’s sedentary lifestyle is contributing towards an increase in people’s weights. Poor eating habits including convenience foods, fast foods, and snacking, and less exercise, means that people are ingesting more calories than they are using, resulting in the excess being stored as fat. Long term lack of exercise and poor diet will result in obesity.
Weight management is a long-term approach to adjusting to a more healthy lifestyle. Making just one change can never be enough – to manage weight for most people this will include a balance of healthy eating and exercise. There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat but overall eating plans should be focused around providing more fibre and fruits and vegetables with protein in proportion and less carbohydrates and fats. Incorporating foods and recipes that will keep us fuller longer can be useful tools in weight management. It is important to remember to chat to your doctor prior to making drastic lifestyle changes in order to ensure you do this correctly. Particularly if you are on long term medications and require repeat prescriptions. Did you know your pharmacy team at Murrays Pharmacy can offer help and advice with weight management?
If you have trouble controlling your weight and have tried a number of diets, without any success? In some of our branches we may be able to help with our Murrays Pharmacy ‘Counter Weight’ Management programme, which offers you one-to one support with our trained staff.
Our understanding and fully trained team will guide you through a 12 month programme, which is tailored to your individual needs to address weight loss, with the aim of you achieving a 10% weight loss.
The programme is delivered in a friendly and informal manner without stress or pressure but with gentle motivation. Our team encourage participants with specific emphasis on your areas of concern e.g. how to manage the changes that you need to make, exercise programmes and dealing with ups and downs such as occasions when your weight stays the same.
While you are in branch, you can use this opportunity to sign up for our repeat prescription service, join the new EPS Electronic Prescription Service, or even find out more about our innovative Murrays MediPouch. Our pharmacists are trained to offer you a full range of advice on your medications and minor ailments, all with a friendly Murrays touch.
If you would like to know more or would like to get booked on to our weight management programme, have a look at our website for which of our branches offer this service and find out more about Murrays Pharmacy