People in Whitehill & Bordon who are looking to lose weight in the new year can do so with the help of a new online programme which will allow you to tailor your weight-loss plan around your lifestyle and find out what works best for you.

POWeR is a new, easy-to-use online tool which has been developed by experts at the University of Southampton and commissioned by Public Health, Hampshire County Council and is now available, free of charge, for residents who are struggling to shift the pounds and have a BMI of more than 25.

The online tool enables you to become your own personal health coach, providing new tools to use each week. It supports you to work out which of these tools fit with your lifestyle and helps you to build healthy eating and physical activity into your routine. This means that you not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight going forward.

Dr Judith Joseph, a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton who worked with the Hampshire County Council on the project, said: “POWeR is different from other weight loss programmes.  It provides advice on diet and physical activity, but its main focus is on helping people to develop self-regulation skills.

“The programme contains ‘POWeR tools’, which teach cognitive and behavioural techniques to help people increase their motivation, gain confidence to lose weight, and change their behaviour in the long-term.”

Anyone over the age of 18 can access POWeR for 12 months once they have registered for the programme. This is easy and quick to do by visiting the POWer website:

In addition to POWeR, Hampshire County Council offers a 12 week free Weight Watchers programme to any adult with a Body Mass Index of more than 30.

Work out your BMI using NHS Choices BMI checker.

Use POWeR to help you lose weight