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Healthy Families Programme

The Healthy Families Programme is aimed at families with children who are aged 7-13 who want to make a change to a healthier lifestyle.

The programme is split into ten 1 ½ Hour sessions. During these sessions families take part in enjoyable and interactive activities based around health and nutrition followed by fun, physical activities.  Some of the sessions offer a chance for parent topics to be addressed, such as goals and rewards, sleep, fussy eating and role modelling.

The aim of the programme is for the Families to increase their knowledge of leading a healthy lifestyle, whilst also boosting their skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Referral Criteria:

The referred child MUST be: 

  • Between the ages of 7-13 years old
  • Have a BMI above 91st centile
  • Parental/guardian consent is required for referral to Cornwall Healthy Weight
  • Parental/guardian involvement is essential throughout the duration of the programme
  • Family must commit to a 12-week programme and be ready to make healthier lifestyle choices
  • Family must commit to follow-up appointments over a 12 month period
Please note: Children at or above the 98th centile for BMI should first be assessed by their GP, in line with NICE and OSCA guidance for overweight children to identify any comorbidities or underlying clinical causes.


The content of the programme includes:  

  • Learning as a family about nutrition, food groups, eating a balanced and healthy diet and portion sizes
  • How to read and interpret food labels, importance of making healthier food choices and healthy shopping on a budget, as part of a supermarket tour
  • Fun games and activities to encourage children to become more active
  • Cooking sessions to increase cooking skills and cooking for families on a budget
  • Fun and interactive sessions to help increase confidence and self esteem

Considerations – Mental health and wellbeing:

If concerns about a child’s mental health and wellbeing are identified refer the child to their GP for assessment and treatment and, if appropriate, for onward referral to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Considerations – Children with a learning disability:

Individuals with a learning Disability need to have the mental capacity to consent to attendance at the group. Consideration should be given to how the person will respond to being in a group and whether they will be able to understand and retain information given. Most people will benefit from someone being with them. Care agencies are asked to assign an appropriate and consistent support worker to accompany the individual. 


  • Referrals accepted from primary care, all health and social care professionals and those working directly with families
  • Self referrals accepted from eligible families across Cornwall
Refer via our online referral form


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