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Improve your physical fitness with new, free weight management programmes

Posted on: 27 April 2023

Are you looking for some ways to improve your fitness and overall health, without spending lots of money? No need to fret, two new programmes will ensure adults in Tower Hamlets can meet their fitness goals with ease.

Take part in a free Weight Action Programme

Looking for a way to improve your physical health? Why not join the Weight Action Programme (WAP), a free, 12-week in-person or online (via Zoom) programme run by specialists from the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London. 

This service is for adults in Tower Hamlets who are registered with a local GP. You must have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more or have a BMI of 27.5 for patients from South Asian minority groups.  

The programme provides the chance of finding some routines that can be adopted long-term by completing a series of tasks throughout the course. You will work on tasks with ‘buddies’ and report to the group on both successes and failures. Also, there is a gradually increasing exercise target, tailored to their needs and capacity.

How to sign up

Self-refer: Complete WAP eligibility questionnaire or text 07860 040 277 with any questions.


Eat Well and Move Programme by Ability Bow

Another programme available to you is Ability Bow’s Eat Well and Move.  

The free 12-week programme is for adults who live, work and study in Tower Hamlets. It is also available for those who are overweight/obese, have a physical disability and are registered with a local GP. 

The programme offers one-to-one and small group exercise and nutrition sessions that are very supportive and tailored to individual needs. 

Watch this short video about the programme. You can also see case studies on YouTube of those who have taken part in the programme. 

How to sign up 

Self-refer: If you have any questions about joining the programme, visit Ability Bow's website, contact or call 020 8980 7778.