Parents and Carers
If you are a parent or carer concerned about your child’s weight there are various resources and services available to help you.
Health Visiting Service
If your child is under 5 years, you will have automatically been referred to the health visiting service by your midwife. Your local health visitor will be able to advise on your child’s growth and development and you should contact them in the first instance.
To find out more about this service, visit Southern Health Foundation Trust, the current provider of health visiting services in Hampshire.
School Nursing Service
The School Nursing Service in Hampshire is a key support for parents and carers of school age children.
Included within this service is a health review during your child’s first year of school in Year R and advice on your child’s growth and development, healthy eating and how to encourage them to be more active.
For more information on the school nursing service visit:
- Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust - covering schools in Basingstoke, Tadley, Whitchurch, Hook, Hartley Whitney, Odiham, Alton, Bordon and Liphook
- Southern Health Foundation Trust - covering the rest of Hampshire schools
- To find your local school nurse, visit Southern Health Foundation Trust school nurse locater which covers the teams from both Trusts.
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. This weight management service is designed to help families with a child whose body mass index is above the 91st centile [UK 1990 BMI charts] and who is resident or attending 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
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 July 2014. In addition, MEND 7-13 will run in Basingstoke & Deane, Rushmoor, Gosport and Havant local authority areas.
Read the latest information about scheduled programmes 120 kB.
How can I access the MEND programme on behalf of my child or children?
Professionals such as GPs, school nurses and teachers can refer a family directly via the MEND website. However, parents and carers are also able to refer their child to this service. If you feel that your child needs help to achieve a healthy weight, you can contact MEND directly by calling 0800 2300 263, which is a free phone number or visit the Join a Programme page - where you will be able to search for a local programme within Hampshire.