Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.)

Designed by nurses, for nurses.


What is the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.)?

The Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.) is working with registered nurses in England who are obese to design initiatives that they think might help nurses to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

WIN. is a collaboration between C3 Collaborating for Health, London South Bank University, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Nursing Foundation and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.


Why does being a healthy weight matter?

  • For own health
  • To do parts of the job (such as bending and lifting) more easily
  • To be more credible when giving public health messages


What are we going to do?

WIN. is embarking on a journey to see if we can help nurses maintain a healthy weight. We know this is a sensitive subject with many complicating factors, but:

  • we believe it is such an important issue that something needs to be done;
  • there is a strong expectation for nurses to model healthy behaviours and this can be made easier by nurses’ workplaces offering desirable and feasible interventions; and
  • we will listen and hear what nurses have to say about their own self-care and weight management.

Together with nurses, we will design interventions that nurses think will be helpful and implement and evaluate them.


What have we done so far?

We have completed a prevalence study of obesity in nurses, an evidence review of workplace interventions to help nurses maintain a healthy weight, a survey of hundreds of nurses, and held focus groups and workshops across the country.

Together with nurses around England, we have designed interventions that nurses thought would be helpful to meet the needs of those who want to reach and maintain a healthy weight. We are now at the exciting testing phase and with your input, we can make a difference for nurses.


Interested in getting involved?

We would love you to get involved. Please feel free to join us at any stage in this project. Currently WIN. is for registered nurses who are working in England, and we hope to expand this with further funding.

While we want to hear from all nurses, we are particularly keen to hear advice from nurses who are currently or who used to be obese. Only then can this project truly be designed by nurses for nurses.

Complete this quick survey to let us know what you are keen on participating in.


More information


If you would like more information or to be involved with the project, please contact:

Michaela Nuttall
Prof Jane Wills

You can also follow @C3nursing and #nurseswin on Twitter for WIN. updates.