Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses 

Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses 

The RCN Foundation is joint-funding a partnership between C3, the RCN and London South Bank University that aims to increase understanding and reduce the prevalence of obesity among nurses in England. The project began in 2016 and will be running for two years. The project works directly with nurses to co-design interventions aimed at helping nurses to manage their weight. These interventions will be implemented and their effectiveness evaluated.

The early stages of the project included an evidence review, prevalence study and individual interviews.  The evidence review revealed that the most effective interventions are ongoing and use motivational techniques to encourage behaviour change and the prevalence study found that obesity amongst nurses is high – a quarter of all nurses have a BMI of 30 or over. Individual interviews with almost 200 nurses found that there is a high level of awareness of the problem of obesity among nurses and that there is also a high level of desire to lose weight among nurses. Nurses attributed weight issues to the impact of shift work on their eating patterns and the lack of breaks that increase the likelihood of snacking. 

The co-design process has begun with workshops of nurses facilitated by Uscreates, a design organisation for health and wellbeing settings. The interventions are designed in collaboration with nurses to ensure that they are practical and useful.  The project will produce three interventions to be piloted in three different settings, two NHS trusts– one mental health and community; and one acute setting and a third that could be used across a variety of  settings. 

For more information and to get involved please visit: https://www.c3health.org/win