Healthy Lifestyle Teens Programme

Our Healthy Lifestyle Teens Programme is aimed at teenagers in Cornwall who want to make small changes to help improve their lifestyle.

The programme is spilt over twelve weeks with six 1 hour one to one sessions and can also include other family members. During the programme you will learn top tips around healthy eating and the current guidance on physical activity and why it's important for our health, whilst also boosting your skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Referral Criteria:

The referred young person MUST be:

  • Between the ages of 13-17 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
  • Can commit to a 12-weeks of support and is ready to make healthier lifestyle choices
  • Must commit to follow-up appointments over a 12 month period
Please note: Young people at or above the 98th centile for BMI should first be assessed by their GP, in line with the NICE and OSCA guidance for overweight children to identify any comorbidities or underlying clinical causes.
 

Content:

The content of this programme includes:

  • Learning about nutrition, food groups, and eating a balanced and healthy diet
  • How to read and interpret food labels and importance of making healthier food choices
  • Information on body types and how energy intake and expenditure affects the body
  • Individuals learn about the benefits of being more active
  • Focus on overcoming barriers, looking at internal and external triggers
  • Fun and interactive sessions to help increase confidence and self esteem

Considerations: Mental health and wellbeing:

If concerns about a young person’s mental health and wellbeing are identified refer the young person to their GP for assessment and treatment and, if appropriate, for onward referral to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). We are unable to except anyone with an existing eating disorder such as bulimia, anorexia nervosa or binge eating disorder (BED).

Considerations: Young people 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:

  • Referrals accepted from primary care, all health and social care professionals and those working directly with individuals
  • Self referrals accepted from eligible individuals across Cornwall

Refer via our online referral form 

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