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.
Child Weight Management Services (MEND Programmes)
What is the MEND?
MEND 5-7 is a healthy lifestyle programme designed to help children aged 5-7 and their families manage their weight. The programme consists of groups of families taking part in weekly 1 hour 45 minute sessions for ten weeks. Sessions include healthy eating, increasing active play and how to encourage healthy behaviour.
MEND 7-13 is a family-based programme that has been designed to help overweight and obese children and their families by improving health, fitness and self-esteem. The programme consists of groups of families taking part in weekly 1 to 2 hour sessions twice a week for ten weeks. Sessions include increasing physical activity, planning a balanced diet and behaviour change.
Watch a 5 minute film explaining what the programme entails.
To check to see if your child is eligible to attend a MEND programme please input their details into the calculator.
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.
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.
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.