A free and confidential 12 week programme designed to support children and young people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

We will help you make positive lifestyle changes and teach you new things about nutrition, physical activity, fitness and behaviour change.

Tell me more

Healthy choices is a free 12 week programme for 5-19 year olds who are above a healthy weight. We will work with you and your whole family for 12 weeks delivering fun and interactive sessions on a whole range of different topics around nutrition, health and lifestyles. Topics covered include:

  • Eatwell guide
  • 5-a-day
  • Physical activity
  • Portion sizing
  • Cooking skills and menu planning
  • Sugar
  • Food labels

The programme offers personalised support designed to be fun, positive and energising experience. The team will help you set simple realistic goals suited to your family to work towards a healthier lifestyle.

How to sign up

Do you think your family could benefit from this service? Do you want to make positive changes for a healthier, happier future?

To find out more about the programme or to book a free place, contact one of our healthy lifestyle advisors:

Harrogate

  • Helen Genge - 01609 797841

Craven and Skipton

  • Jenny Thompson - 01609 798200

Selby

  • Bryony Higgins - 01609 536418
  • Donna Barber - 01609 536799

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

  • Andy Stewart - 01609 797620
  • Katey Burnett - 01609 797628

Hambleton and Richmond

  • Joanne Weaver - 01609 798073
  • Rachel Owen Butler - 01609 798182

Healthy weight in children and young people

Research shows that 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. (NHS Choices, 2015).

How healthy a child or young person's weight is, is measured by something called their BMI centile, this is similar to how we measure adult weight but takes into account the gender and age of the child or young person.

For example an adult with a BMI of 24.2 is within the healthy range but for a 14 year old boy the BMI would be plotted on a male centile chart and against age which would show as above healthy weight.

The easiest way to check BMI is to use the NHS online healthy weight calculator which can be found here.

Further information

Change4Life

If you're feeling motivated and want to make a start on getting more healthy check out the Change4Life website. You can use their site to find:

NHS Choices