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Hampshire Healthy Weights Strategy

Support for Practitioners working with Hampshire families and children

Child Weight Management Services (MEND Programmes)

What is the MEND?  

MEND stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…..Do it!, and it aims to empower children and adults to reach or maintain a healthier weight. It is foremost a weight management service designed to help families with a child who is overweight or obese (child’s BMI above the 91st centile [UK 1990 BMI charts]). The child must be resident in or attend a school within Hampshire.

The MEND family weight management programme is split into:

  • MEND 5-7 for children aged 5-7 years old
  • MEND 7-13 for those children aged between 7-13.

The programmes contain the following:

MEND 5-7 is a multi-component healthy lifestyle programme designed to help manage overweight and obesity in children aged 5-7. The programme consists of groups of families participating in weekly 1 hour 45 minute sessions for ten weeks. Sessions include three essential elements: age appropriate healthy eating, increased Active Play and behavioural change strategies.

MEND 7-13 is a comprehensive, family-based educational programme that has been designed to prevent and treat overweight and obesity in children and their families by improving health, fitness and self-esteem. The programme consists of groups of families participating in weekly 1 to 2 hour sessions twice a week for ten weeks. Sessions include three essential elements: exercise and physical activity, good nutrition and a balanced diet and behaviour change

What is happening in Hampshire?

Mytime Active has been commissioned to provide MEND programmes for Hampshire families.

At least one MEND 5-7 programme will be delivered in each local authority area by March 2014. In addition, MEND 7-13 will run in the four local authority areas with the highest unhealthy weight prevalence.  

Local Authority

MEND 5-7 programme

MEND 7-13 programme

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Y

Y

East Hampshire District Council

Y

Eastleigh Borough Council

Y

Gosport Borough Council

Y

Y

Hart Distinct Council

Y

Fareham Borough Council

Y

Havant Borough Council

Y

Y

New Forest District Council

Y

Rushmoor Borough Council

Y

Y

Test Valley Borough Council

Y

Winchester City Council

Y


In addition to the core programme, MEND graduates will be offered local weekly physical activity sessions.  Each post-programme set of sessions will run for 10 weeks. The programmes and post-programme activity sessions will be delivered from June 2013 to March 2014. Read the latest information about scheduled programmes.

Data collection about the impact on families will be completed by 31 October 2014.  

Referrals to the MEND programmes

Professionals such as GPs, school nurses and teachers can refer a family directly via the MEND website.

National Child Measuring Programme (NCMP) parental feedback letters for clinically overweight and obese children in Year R and Year 6, distributed by the school nursing teams of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will include information about self-referral to local MEND programmes.

 

Workforce Development (HENRY)

The Healthy Weights Strategy includes a programme of training and development to meet the needs of frontline staff engaging with families around healthy weights.  The Early Years workforce has been prioritised for this training.

What is HENRY?

HENRY stands for Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young and its training develops confidence and skills in working with families of young children to promote a healthy lifestyle and address issues of overweight.

The 2-day Core training builds knowledge and skills in offering effective one-to-one support to parents with young children. Much of the focus is on developing and enhancing the key skills that support behaviour change.

Second stage ‘build-on’ training can then be added to equip practitioners to lead the 8-week Let’s Get Healthy with HENRY course for parents and carers or deliver the Right from the Start with HENRY structured 1-to-1 work with parents of babies & young children who are at particular risk of becoming overweight or obese.

In addition, HENRY provides ‘A healthy lifestyle in childcare’ (1 day) course as a practical introduction to providing a healthy lifestyle environment for babies and young children. This training is aimed at nursery and day care staff.

HENRY is evidence based and details about its published studies can be found on the HENRY website.

What is happening in Hampshire?

During 2012/13, HENRY was commissioned to deliver Core training to Early Years staff who work in the areas of Basingstoke & Deane, Rushmoor, Gosport and Havant. These areas have the highest prevalence of obesity in children aged 10-11 (Year 6).

Sixty one staff have been trained. Staff from Children’s Centres (Family Support Outreach Workers, Play Leaders) and local health professionals (Health Visitors) attended training together.

In addition, 15 staff from local nurseries and pre-schools in the Basingstoke area attended the Healthy Lifestyle training.

During 2013/14, second stage build-on training will be commissioned for core trained staff.  Extension of the core training to other areas of Hampshire is also being explored.