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Help reduce your risk of developing dementia by maintaining a healthy weight

27 June 2022

Being overweight or obese can increase your blood pressure and the risk of type 2 diabetes, both of which are linked to a higher risk of developing dementia - in particular Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

In 2019/20, over half of adults were overweight or obese in Richmond upon Thames. It is thought that even losing 5% to 10% of excess weight can help reduce your risk of dementia.

To help reduce the risk of dementia, check whether your weight is within a healthy range using the healthy weight calculator.

This is part of a new campaign to increase awareness of the healthy behaviours you can adopt which may help reduce your risk of getting dementia.

Whilst losing weight may seem like a big task, making small and simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking can really help you lose those pounds. Try to eat a healthy diet with more vegetables and fruit and with less fat to help control your weight and help your brain stay healthy. Check out the NHS Eatwell Guide for advice.

If you are not very active, the monthly Wellbeing Walks and Accessible Walks offered by the Council's Parks Team are a great way of increasing your physical activity. They are free, organised group walks for anyone wanting to get more active and explore the borough. The Wellbeing Walks are held every month in different locations and last up to 90 minutes. The Accessible Walks welcome people with limited mobility or walking aids, those in wheelchairs, families with pushchairs, or people who prefer to walk at a slower pace. A list of the walks is on the website and you can register your interest by emailing parks@richmond.gov.uk or phoning 020 8401 6837.

The NHS also has a free 12-week NHS Weight Loss Plan.

This campaign has been developed by the Public Health Department within the Adult Social Care and Public Health Directorate at London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and is based on the Think Brain Health, a public awareness and engagement campaign from Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK) first launched in 2021. The ARUK campaign was designed to build an appreciation among the public - particularly those in their 40s and 50s - about the importance of good brain health, and how taking positive steps can help reduce the risk of dementia later on.

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Up to: June 2022

Updated: 5 July 2022

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