Healthy Lifestyle

National Child Measurement Programme

We know it can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight in an environment where it is harder to make healthier choices. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) helps to identify children who may be at risk of future health concerns and offers support to those in need. The programme measures the height and weight of children in reception and year six, to give a BMI. This helps to identify where support may be needed, taking into account the child’s age, gender and any other health needs. Public Health have developed a short animated film to introduce the  National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

OneLife Suffolk

At OneLife Suffolk, we offer a combination of 10-week Family Programmes in the community and ‘After School Programmes’. We take an approach that focuses more on the importance of healthy lifestyles, instead of encouraging weight loss, where there are no unrealistic expectations.

LEVEL 1

This light touch approach allows any child, young person, or parent to engage with our service to learn about making healthier choices.

We have some recorded webinars which are available to watch here, but the OneLife Suffolk team can also deliver these topics during school time in assemblies, classroom workshops and parent workshops.

The Level 1 sessions cover a range of healthy lifestyle topics such as food, exercise, sleep and wellbeing.

  • Food labelling
  • Physical activity
  • Sugary drinks
  • Eat Well guide and portion sizes
  • Sleep and wellbeing
  • Cookery videos

LEVEL 2

Our club offers 12 months’ worth of support for children and young people from the age of 5 to 18 years, alongside their families, who would like to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The initial phase of the programme runs for 10 weeks, inviting the whole family to attend the weekly 90-minute sessions to learn together about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle whilst getting free physical activity for those who attend.

What to expect:

Each week, families start the first 45 minutes of the club together to enjoy a fun, interactive session discussing a healthy lifestyle topic with the OneLife Suffolk team. Following this, the children and young people will go to their 30 to 45 minute activity session where they will be able to play team games, complete activity challenges and learn new skills.

During that time, parents and guardians will remain with their OneLife Practitioner to discuss the weekly topic in more detail and to explore what further support is needed for the family to achieve their goals.

Weekly topics:

Week 1: Why make a change?

Week 2: Energy balance and healthy eating

Week 3: Portion control and snacks

Week 4: Approaching activity

Week 5: Halfway checkpoint and cookery session

Week 6: Making informed choices

Week 7: Food labelling

LEVEL 3

This is a specialist family service that consists of a team of experts including a dietitian, family therapist and healthy lifestyle practitioners. Our goal is to help families with moderate and sustainable weight loss over time by introducing step-by-step, small, healthy changes within their current lifestyles.

We provide 12 months of support:

  • Intensive phase – 12 weekly sessions
  • Maintenance phase – 4 fortnightly sessions and 7 monthly sessions

This is an evidence-based programme that covers a variety of healthy topics including diet, physical activity, wellbeing and sleep.

After School Programmes

There are several ways that the OneLife Suffolk Children’s team can support and work with schools across Suffolk to promote the importance of healthy living to pupils, staff, families and the wider community. This can be done through assemblies, class workshops, parent workshops and events.

We can also offer your school an exclusive OneLife Suffolk after school club for students, families and the community to attend. Your school can help our team in reaching those who need our support, to increase their awareness and understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Your school can support the service to:

  • Dispel confusion and myths by discussing energy balance
  • Prioritise the importance of eating a variety of foods and managing unhealthy food consumption
  • Support parents/carers with the planning and preparing of a range of healthy meals
  • Champion both the mental and physical benefits of being more active
  • Encourage more time to be spent outdoors, family time, socialising with friends or joining a group
  • Encourage active travel to school such as walking or cycling
  • Understand the importance of making exercise a daily habit
  • Highlight the importance of sleep and decreasing screen time activities
  • Discuss unhealthy eating habits and the impacts on their overall health e.g. tooth decay
  • Encourage simple self-care techniques

Once a person reaches the age of 16 years old, they have the choice to access one of our adult programmes.

Programme Options

  • Zoom: We offer 1 hour Zoom sessions, plus 30-minute drop-in sessions for families and physical activity advice/guidance. These groups are divided into age groups so that you are supported by other families that are similar to your own.
  • Face to Face: We offer 90-minute sessions which include spending family time discussing a new healthy lifestyle topic, parent time, and young people physical activity time. These run in a various localities across Suffolk.

ACCESS CRITERIA

Families and Young People

LEVEL 1 Services are available for all children, young people and parents living in Suffolk. There is no access criteria for this service.

LEVEL 2 Service offers up to 12 months of support with an initial phase of 10 weeks delivered in 90-minute sessions, including healthy lifestyle and physical activity components.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Children between 5 – 18 years who have a BMI > 91st centile on the growth chart
  • The child, young person and family must live in Suffolk

Our clubs run throughout the year in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Families can self-refer (or be referred by a professional such as their GP or School Nurse) by completing an online referral form or calling 01473 718193.

LEVEL 3: Intensive support – you must be referred by your GP or health professional to access this programme. 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Children between 5 – 18 years who have a BMI > 91st centile with comorbidities and require physiological, psychological, social, educational or emotional support.
  • Geographical criteria also apply due to commissioning criteria.

Health professionals, please refer a child using the Sign up or Refer section

Check your families BMI using the NHS calculator:

You can use the NHS calculator to check your child’s body mass index (BMI) and use the result to see which level of our children’s service your child is eligible for https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/