Better Health, Better Lives - Childhood Obesity Prevention

To be completed by: Fri 30 Jun 2017

Time: -Fri 30 Jun 2017 | Venue:

Ever wondered how to approach a parent without causing offence to tell them their child is overweight? Concerned that children don’t have a healthy lifestyle? We know that obesity levels are rising nationally and that we must act now.

HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young) is a national charity with the aim of preventing childhood obesity. We work with families of children aged 0-5 years delivering evidence-based group programmes for parents providing healthy lifestyle information, reflection on parenting styles and how this affects feeding behaviour and information around healthy choices/portion sizes and provide free training to support practitioners to confidently raise the issue.


Practitioner Training:


Core Training 

This two day training is aimed at health and early years practitioners or anyone who works directly with families of children aged 0-5 years. The training will enable practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in tackling weight issues. We consider not just what information that parents might need in order to develop healthy lifestyles, but how we might be able to approach these topics with parents in a sensitive and effective manner. Our training is evidence-based and RSPH approved.

When: 9th – 10th May 2017 – please attend both days – to book on, contact

For more information, or to request a booking form, please contact:



Group Facilitation Training (available to those who have attended Core)

This two day training enables practitioners to deliver the 8 week HENRY group programme to parents and we ask that you are able to commit to delivering at least one programme per year. With this in mind, we now ask practitioners to obtain line managers consent to make this commitment before attending the training. In this training, trainees have the opportunity to further their knowledge and practise skills needed to run a group in a nurturing environment. You will need to have attended the Core Training before coming on to this training.

When: 23rd – 24th May 2017 – please attend both days – to book on, please contact:

For more information, or to request a booking form, please contact:



Healthy Start in Childcare Training (childminders/EY settings)

This training, A Healthy Start in Childcare, accredited by the RSPH, enables staff to:

- Develop their knowledge about healthy meals, snacks and portion sizes for young children in line with current Public Health, NICE and WHO guidelines

- Increase staff confidence in providing an environment that will promote healthy eating behaviour and making good choices

- Understand the value of active play

- Adopt a consistent approach around nutrition and activity across all our settings throughout Bradford District

- Model a healthy lifestyle to children in their care

- Manage behaviour and build self-esteem, so that children start school emotionally prepared and ready to learn


When (please choose one date):

Wednesday 3rd May – 9am – 4:30pm Central Bradford

Saturday 10th June – 9am – 4:30pm Carlisle Business Centre

Twilights 6th July/13th July 6-9pm both days Carlisle Business Centre

Saturday 14th October 9am – 4:30pm Keighley

Thursday 19th October 9am – 4:30pm Central Bradford

Saturday 25th November 9am – 4:30pm Central Bradford

Tuesday 23rd January 9am – 4:30pm


To book on, please click on the links below (you need to log-on to see all of the dates). Alternatively, if you have any questions or are having difficulties logging-on, please contact is for Council employees is for external people who are not signed in to Learn and Develop with Bradford (you are only able to view the first two dates and will have to register to enrol) is for external people who are signed in to Learn and Develop with Bradford





For Parents:


Group Programme – Healthy Families: Right from the Start with HENRY

Who’s it for?

Parents of children aged 0-5 years. This is a universal offer, as the healthy lifestyle information is applicable to all, including adults!

What does it involve?

FREE 8-week programme for parents and carers of babies and young children to give them the tools and skills they need to provide a healthy family lifestyle

Where’s it running?

Programmes run regularly across Better Start Children’s Centre’s – details are kept up-to-date about programmes running at: Programmes do run across other centres in Bradford, details can be found at or by emailing



1-to-1 Programme

Who’s it for?

Parents of children aged 0-5 years who may not be able to attend a group due to lack of confidence/disability/unable to access a local group or where more targeted support is needed.

What does it involve?

A structured one-to-one support for families with babies or young children to help them if they are at particular risk of obesity or already overweight.

Where’s it running?

At present, the 1-to-1 programme is only available to families in the Better Start area. Please download a form at or contact to discuss a referral.



Volunteer Programme – HENRY Parent Champions

At HENRY Better Start, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to give up to 3 hours a week.


We are looking for volunteers who would like to:

· Be part of a team

· Gain experience supporting families

· Enable families in your community to live longer, healthier and happier lives

· Receive 3 days of free training

· Receive regular support and supervision

· Improve your CV and employment opportunities

Please contact for more details.


Published: 25/04/2017
Audience: Head Teacher, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Early Years Lead, Teacher, Early Years, Early Years Teach
Contact: Nicola Charnock

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