Help your child eat well and be active, with healthy meals, tips from Change4Life, and information on our Healthy Choices weight programme.
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.
If you're feeling motivated and want to make a start on getting more healthy you can visit the Change4Life website. You'll find:
- Local activities and 'shake up' games, great for getting you up and moving;
- Food facts with plenty of information about fat, salt and sugar in your child's diet; and
- Recipes with healthy and delicious ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, barbecues and lunchboxes, including the Smart Recipes app.
NHS Choices offer advice on healthy weight in children and young people. You will find steps for success including how to be a good role model, ideas around healthy meals, snacks, drinks and portion sizes, plus information about becoming more active.
We look at how healthy a child or young person's weight is by using the BMI centile. This is similar to the BMI we use to 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.
If you are concerned about your child being overweight, in North Yorkshire we provide two free and confidential programmes to support children and young people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
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
- Physical activity
- Portion sizing
- Cooking skills and menu planning
- 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.
For more information on the Healthy Choices service in your area, please telephone 01609 798081.
MoreLife Camp is a fun, active and educational residential weight-loss programme. Through exercise and lifestyle sessions, children are encouraged to set and monitor their own individual goals. The camp staff specialise in various areas of weight management, from healthy eating, physical education and exercise science, to nutrition and child development.
MoreLife Camp is not about dieting. Each child is given a meal plan by a qualified dietician to ensure they are given the right amount of food based on their individual nutritional needs. MoreLife employs a dedicated camp follow-on support officer to work with families to maintain lifestyle change once they have completed the camp programme, regularly speaking with ex-campers, and running informative online seminars for parents.
We fund places for 8-19 year olds who live in the county. Families who have successfully completed the Healthy Choices programme can be considered for a place at the MoreLife Camp. For more information about our funded places, please contact the Healthy Choices programme on 01609 798081. For more information about the camp, please visit the MoreLife Camp website.