Weight loss

Help on losing weight


Watching your weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and can help reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

If you're overweight, losing weight has many health benefits. Making simple changes to what and how much you eat and drink and how active you are can really help you lose the pounds.

Free weight loss sessions

If you live in Bristol or have a Bristol GP and would like support to lose weight, you may quality for 12 weeks of free vouchers for Slimming World or Weight Watchers.

You'll need to commit to attending the group for 12 weeks. It's been proven that weight loss results are much better when you receive weekly support and advice.

The sessions only take 90 minutes a week.

See the success stories of Mike Webb (pdf, 248k) (opens new window) and Chris Starling (pdf, 112k) (opens new window) , who took part in sessions.

Check if you qualify

To qualify for the free weight loss sessions, you must:

  • live in Bristol
  • be 16 years or more
  • be registered with a Bristol GP
  • be overweight:
    • you need to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above, you can check your BMI on the NHS website or
    • BMI 28 and over if you're from one of the following population groups: South Asian, Chinese, Bangladeshi, Black African/Black Caribbean/Black British
  • not be currently attending a slimming club
  • not have attended a slimming club in the last six months
  • have no history of an eating disorder

To join the scheme

If you’re eligible, you’ll need to get a GP, a practice nurse or healthcare assistant to refer you. They’ll send us your details and we may ask a Health Improvement Advisor to call you and discuss your options.

You can also visit a healthy living pharmacy.

Healthy living pharmacies


74 to 76 Holloway Rd, Stockwood, BS14 8PG
01275 833 682     

94 Queens Road, Bishopsworth BS13 8PQ    
01179 643 707

45 Filwood, BS4 1JL    
01179 635 232

91 Ridgeway Lane, Whitchurch, BS14 9PH    
01275 832 291

6 Silcox Road, Hartcliffe, BS13 0EG         
01179 641 232          

Avicenna Pharmacy
3A to 4A St Peter's Rise, Bishopsworth, BS13 7LU    
 01179 643 496       

Armada Road, Whitchurch BS14 0SU    
01275 839 865

Bedminster Pharmacy
4 to 6, Cannon street, Bedminster BS3 1BN
01179 853 388

Inner City and East

Eastville Pharmacy
4 Fishponds Road, BS5 6SA    
01179 510 082

Old School Pharmacy
Manor Road, BS16 2JD    
01179 651 114

Lloyds Charlotte Keel
Seymour Road, Easton, BS5 0UA
01179 510 043


Avonmouth Pharmacy
205 Avonmouth Road, Bristol BS11 9EG    
01179 823158

Lloyds Shirehampton    
Shirehampton Health Centre, Pembroke Road, BS 11 9SB    
01179 823134

Cotham Pharmacy    
5 Cotham Hill, BS6 6LD    
01179 736 580

Jhoots Lockleaze    
3 Gainsbourough Square, Lockleaze, BS7 9XA    
01179 515 197

Lloyds Southmead
6 Arnside Road, BS10 6AT    
01179 508 008

Day Lewis Southmead    
5 Arnside Road, BS10 6AT    
01179 507 711

Whiteladies Medical Centre Whatley Road BS8 2PU
01179 741 348      

Asgrove pharmacy  
97 to 99 Ashley Down Road, BS7 9JT    
01179 248 510        

What happens at the end of the 12 weeks

We fund one 12 week programme per person.

The scheme is designed to ‘kick start’ your weight loss. 

You may choose to continue with your weight loss group as a paid member or carry on the healthy eating programme by yourself. Our aim is that you make it a change for life.

Children's healthy lifestyle and weight management service

Alive n Kicking is a multi-component programme which engages the whole family.

It provides strategies to develop self-efficacy, integrating exercise and healthy eating choices into daily life.

Keep updated with information about our families and upcoming programmes with our Alive n Kicking Facebook page.

Schools in Bristol can refer families to the Alive n Kicking programme using the Bristol Referral Form. Families are also able to self-refer.

For more details contact Alive n Kicking on 0117 942 2602 or email: bristol@ank.uk.com

Contact us

If you have any questions about this scheme you can email livewell@bristol.gov.uk.