Support to help children and families lead healthier lives is available from the Healthy Lifestyle Team.
All children with a BMI over the 91st centile will automatically be offered support as the school nursing team will refer them as a result of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). GPs and practice nurses can also make referrals for overweight children. If you think your child needs help you can also contact the team directly.
The best time to start building healthy habits is during the early years of a child's life and we have programmes that can help.
Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young (HENRY)
A fun, interactive and informative 8 week course for parents and carers with children aged under 5 that takes place throughout the community. The course gives all parents and carers ideas about healthy living for the whole family.
Week by week, participants explore topics including parenting and relationships, praise and rewards, healthy eating, portion sizes and being active. Sessions are designed to give parents and carers the opportunity to share their successes and challenges and solve problems together.
Energy Club and Junior Skills
Energy Club: This is made up of fun, educational and active sessions for the whole family over 12 weeks to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Energy Club includes interesting and interactive nutrition education sessions for parents/carers as well as physical activity sessions for the children - the whole family learning and having fun together.
Junior Skills: This is a fun and engaging session for children aged 5-12. This is a continuation from the Energy Club where the sessions will focus on the core fundamentals of health and fitness for children. The children will get to test out their balance, speed, strength, agility, co-ordination and teamwork through a variety of fun games and activities. Every 4 weeks a new club will come into the group, and the children will get to try out new activities and sports such as judo, tennis, trampolining, climbing and much more. Junior Skills is another step towards a healthy and more active lifestyle for all children to enjoy.
The team also provides family cooking sessions in a number of locations across the Rochdale borough, school nutrition sessions, and weight management courses for Adults.