Healthy choices for children
Children who stay at a healthy weight tend to be fitter, healthier, better able to learn and more self-confident. They are also less likely to be overweight as an adult and have health problems later in life. There is plenty of information available to help you support your child to eat healthily, get plenty of exercise, and stay a healthy weight. Making a change to your lifestyle doesn't need to be difficult; with a little help, it can be rewarding and fun.
Healthy Choices is a FREE 12 week programme for 4-19 year olds who are above a healthy weight. One of our healthy lifestyle advisors will work with you and your family for up to 12 weeks, delivering fun and interactive sessions on a whole range of different topics around nutrition, health and lifestyles.
We offer 45-minute sessions either in your home or in local community venues including children’s centres and schools. The programme offers personalised support that is designed to be a fun, positive and energising experience. The team will help you set simple realistic goals suited to your family to work towards a healthier lifestyle.
Each week, you and your child will explore a different topic with your healthy lifestyle advisor, for example:
- the Eatwell Guide and food groups;
- 5-a-day, and fruit and vegetable tasting;
- physical activity and fitness;
- portion sizing;
- cooking skills and menu planning;
- sugar swaps; and
- understanding food labels.
Your advisor will also offer a weekly weigh-in, and help your family set a weekly goal, to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
If you're considering taking up the Healthy Choices challenge, think about the following questions:
- Can you and your family commit the time and energy to attend weekly sessions for 12 weeks?
- Are you in the right frame of mind to support each other to make lifestyle changes?