Support for families to achieve healthy weight and lifestyles

This story was published 5 November 2021

An online child weight management service has been launched to help North Yorkshire families with children aged 4-11 achieve healthy weight and lifestyles.

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The Back2Basics programme is designed to support families from their own homes by providing access to online information and videos, support from a healthy weight specialist via telephone or video call and peer support from other families.

We are carrying out the research project with Leeds Beckett University to find out how digital and remote services can help families with lifestyle changes. The service will be offered over three months and will be flexible to meet each family’s needs.

The Back2Basics programme was originally developed by a team of academics at a university in Australia, who have given permission for it to be adapted for, and tested with, a UK audience.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Public Health, said: “Almost a quarter of four to five-year-olds and almost a third of ten to 11-year-olds in North Yorkshire are already carrying excess weight, and this can lead to a whole range of health and social problems for the future. 

“The Back2Basics service is one approach to helping those families in the county who would like help to achieve a healthier weight and to make positive changes to their lifestyles. We encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the programme and benefit from the support it offers with healthy weight and healthy living.”

If you are interested in signing up with the Back2Basics service please call 01609 535750 or email

Read information about other healthy weight support for children, young people and families.