Worried about your child's weight? Want to help them lead a healthy, happy, active life? Then let's Get Going - a new family healthy lifestyle programme funded by NHS Lothian.
Get Going offers support to help children (aged 5 to 11 years) and young people (12 to 17 years) to get active, eat well and achieve a healthier weight which will help to reduce the risk of diseases like coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and some cancers in later life.
The emphasis is on fun and feeling good. It’s about getting active as a family and working together to make small lifestyle changes. Parents will have the chance to share ideas with support and guidance from a Child Healthy Lifestyle coach while children gain from the social benefits that come from making friends and participating in fun active games.
The free sessions last between 60 to 90 minutes and take place in Edinburgh Leisure or community venues, once a week over nine weeks. After the nine weeks, families receive ongoing support from our team with a follow up meeting after three and six months to review progress and to help keep participants on track for a more healthy life. You can contact us for more information or ask a health professional to put you forward for this programme. For further details on taking part contact our Child Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator on 0131 458 2147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Referrals can be via yourself or a medical professional - use the form below for self referrals. You can also visit NHS Get Going for self referral forms, a handy healthy weight calculator and top tips for starting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
You may also be interested in Get Moving, our adult weight management funded by NHS Lothian. It offers support to help adults (aged 18+) with a BMI > 30 to get active, eat well and achieve a healthier weight.
We support you to Get Going
All participants receive a Get Active Pass giving subsidised access to physical activities, and also participate in our 'Cold Cooking' sessions for healthy eating ideas.
The pass can be used 7 days a week to help increase your family's physical activity levels.
Tips for Achieving a Healthy WeightAdults can encourage children to have a healthy lifestyle by setting a good example themselves.
- Take time to sit down and enjoy meals without distractions like the TV or digital devices.
- Encourage children to participate in at least an hour of physical activity per day – this can be built up in 10 minute chunks.
- A healthy lifestyle is all about balance - there’s lots of ideas and tips for healthy eating at www.eatwell.gov.uk.
- Involve children in decisions about food and physical activity. Better still, get them involved in cooking.
- Think about portion sizes – children need smaller amounts of food than adults – try using smaller plates.
You can also visit the NHS Get Going for self referral forms, a handy healthy weight calculator and top tips for starting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.