Weight Management

Merton Borough of Health - Activity Finder

The London Borough of Merton has launched a new Activity Finder to help residents find healthy activities and sports clubs, as it continues its journey to become London’s Borough of Sport.

The Activity Finder website is designed to make it easier for anyone looking to take up a new sport or activity in their area by bringing all our local clubs and organisations together into one easy-to-navigate

From boxing, martial arts and yoga to local football, cricket and hockey clubs, the Activity Finder aims to help residents take the next step, whatever their interests or level of ability.

Website: www.boroughofsport.activityfinder.net

Walk 4 Life

Walk4life walks are free, suitable for all ages and abilities and suit both beginner and intermediate levels. The walks last for around 50 minutes to an hour but you can start off by walking for just 10 -15 minutes if you want.

Telephone: 020 8545 3206

Website: www.merton.gov.uk

Email:  road.safety@merton.gov.uk


Change4Life aims to help families and individuals make small, sustainable yet significant improvements to their diet and activity levels through eating well and moving more.

This is a national campaign that is free to all and includes food facts, recipes and activities.

Website: www.nhs.uk/change4life

NHS Weight Loss Plan

This is a free 12-week diet and exercise plan.

The guide is delivered through 12 weekly information packs full of diet, healthy eating and physical activity advice, including weekly challenges. Each information guide contains a food and activity chart to help record calories, exercise and weight loss so the participant can see how well they’re doing at a glance.

Website: www.nhs.uk/start-the-nhs-weight-loss-plan

Am I a Healthy Weight?

Calculate your BMI using this NHS Tool

Website: NHS: BMI Calculator


#MertonCan is campaign to support Adults, Children and Young People, Babies and Toddlers to become more active. Allowing the whole family to become involved.

The activities are a fun way of utilising the space and assets in Merton e.g. parks and open spaces. There are downloadable sheets which list a range of opportunities to be more active, covering active travel, sport and fun activities and games.

Website: www.merton.gov.uk/better-health

Slimming World

Slimming World offers face to face and online consultations with a food optimising plan and Body Magic, Slimming Worlds own activity programme that guides participants gently through the process of making activity part of their daily routine, one step at a time.

There are two means to access Slimming World. The community groups and the online digital service.

To join Slimming World there is a £5 joining fee. To join the community groups it is £2.50 per week and to join the online digital service it is £5 per week.

Website: www.slimmingworld.co.uk

You can also attend 5 local groups in Merton (Morden (2), Lower Morden, Colliers Wood and Mitcham).

Merton’s Leisure Centres

There are three leisure centres in Merton:

– Canons Leisure Centre, Mitcham
– Morden Leisure Centre
– Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa

All three leisure centres have a swimming pool, gym and studio space for fitness classes or dancing classes to help you keep fit and active.

Access the pricing list for Canons Leisure Centre Mitcham: www.better.org.uk/canons-leisure-centre/prices

Access the pricing list for Morden Leisure Centre: www.better.org.uk/morden-leisure-centre/prices

Access the pricing list for Wimbledon Leisure Centre: www.better.org.uk/wimbledon-leisure-centre/prices

Second Nature - Type 2 Diabetes

Second Nature is a 12-week Behavioural change programme for people living with type 2 diabetes that’s primarily delivered through a smartphone or tablet app. The programme helps to build healthier habits, learn more about type 2 diabetes and supports long-term lifestyle change by providing:

– Evidence-based structured education on living with diabetes, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, and positive psychology
– Peer group support (an online group of 10)
– Personalised health coaching from a registered dietitian
– Tracking technology (smart weighing scales and a wearable activity tracker).

Free for the first 3 months. After 12 weeks, you have the option to transition to Sustain for £10 a month.

Patients can self-refer through the website above or be referred by their GP but must have a Diabetes diagnosis.

Website: www.diabetesbooking.co.uk/our-path-type-2

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, who wanted to help his 50-something mum get off the couch and start running, too.

The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.

Website: www.nhs.uk/get-running-with-couch-to-5k

Download the app from App Store

Download the app from Google Play

One You Merton

One You Merton provides guidance and advice on healthy eating. This ranges from facts on fats, sugars and calories to guidance on healthy meal planning, healthy eating on a budget and healthy video recipes. The One You Merton service offer provides a range of resources under one virtual roof.

Residents also access free support from a local health advisor and access over 150 healthy recipes available on their app ‘Easy Meals’ The app is free to use and available on iOS or Android.

Telephone: 020 8973 3545

Website: www.oneyoumerton.org/eat-well

Email: oneyou.merton@nhs.net

YMCA Gym and Exercise

YMCA has everything that you need to improve your fitness, tone up, lose weight or increase strength and mobility.

Monday to Friday : 6.30am – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday : 8am – 8pm

Telephone: 020 8542 9055

Website: www.ymcastpaulsgroup.org.uk

Email: info.wimbledon@ymcaspg.org

Teenage Health Freak

Their aim is to provide web-based, accurate and reliable health information to teenagers in a contemporary, cringe-free, entertaining and informative way.

Website: www.teenagehealthfreak.org.uk

Email: webmaster@teenagehealthfreak.net

Weight Wise

Weight Wise is an independent site, with unbiased, easy-to-follow hints and tips – based on the latest evidence – to help you manage your weight for good.

Website: www.bdaweightwise.com

Email: info@bda.uk.com

Merton Parks and Open Spaces

There are a number of excellent parks and open spaces that can be used to become more physically active, including:

– Go for a bike ride along the Wandle Trail
– Follow the Wimbledon Way walking route
– Set a time for a 5k Parkrun
– Walk twice around the outfield at Mitcham Cricket Club, opposite Vestry Hall
– Walk the Merton Mile at Figges Marsh
– Walk in the Rose Garden at Morden Hall Park

Residents can easily access the Merton Council website to get involved with cycling training: www.merton.gov.uk/adult-cycle-training

Access the Merton Council website for more information in the Rose Garden: www.merton.gov.uk/parks-and-recreation-grounds

Weight Watchers

Weight watchers new programme is a customised weight loss plan for their clients. Each client is assessed on their eating habits, food preferences, lifestyle, and activity level. Based on the answers clients will be given a plan that guides them toward food choices geared for their goals. The Weight Watchers app is available for weight watchers clients and has several weight loss tools including:

– Track your food, activity and weight loss
– Scan food barcodes for fast tracking
– Find restaurants with WW friendly meals
– Chat with a live WW Coach, 24/7
– Audio workouts for your fitness level with Aaptiv
– Sync your scales and fitness tracker

Telephone: 0345 345 1500 

Website: www.weightwatchers.co.uk

Email: help.uk@ww.com

Clients can also attend three groups in Merton (Wimbledon, South Wimbledon and Mitcham), and up to 7 more in neighbouring boroughs.

We Are Undefeatable – Sport England

“We Are Undefeatable” is a movement supporting people with a range of long term health conditions.

The purpose is to support and encourage finding ways to be active that work with each person’s conditions, not against them.

Website: weareundefeatable.co.uk

NHS Live Well

NHS Live Well is an online resource that supports people to maintain a healthy weight through weight facts, calorie counting information and a BMI calculator. This calculator also checks body mass index (BMI) to find out if you’re a healthy weight.

Website: www.nhs.uk/live-well

Rosemary Conley

The Rosemary online diet plans are easy, do-able and proven to work. Rosemary Conley has 8 different diet plans available for members. The complete lifestyle Change plan has been developed to help people understand how to eat more healthily and lose weight. The plan explains what exercise does and supports members through the 12 week guide. The plan is also available in gluten free and plant based versions.

One-2-One membership offers clients their own personal weight-loss coach. Coach’s will give client feed-back on daily diary’s, advice and encouragement and at the end of each week, the coach will review progress and recommend ways that will help maximize weight-loss.

Monthly membership is £12.99. Quarterly membership is £29.99. One-2-One coaching costs £29.99 for the first month and £37.98 per month thereafter.

Telephone: 03301 330 330 

Website: www.rosemaryconley.com