NHS to give free Fitbits and one-to-one weight loss coaching to thousands of obese Brits in bid to slash diabetes

THOUSANDS of tubby Brits will be given free fitness trackers and one-to-one weight loss coaching on the NHS at a cost of £1.2million.

Health chiefs hope the pilot project will help 5,000 at risk of type 2 diabetes keep the disease at bay.

 NHS will give free fitness trackers to help 5,000 patients at risk of type 2 diabetesGetty Images – Getty

NHS will give free fitness trackers to help 5,000 patients at risk of type 2 diabetes

Patients will be given a mix of wristbands, phone apps, weighing scales, and podcasts and be monitored for up to a year.

The gadgets will work with nutrition and health advice, stress counselling, and personal coaching sessions. The exact combination an individual receives depends on which of five schemes they are enrolled on.

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