Leaf 0-6 years

Lifestyle, Eating, Activity for Families (LEAF) for 0 - 6 years


Referral Criteria:

  • Child under the age of two with significant weight concerns.
  • Children over two years old, should be >3.33sd for BMI. (If you would like to discuss a child below this e.g. if they have a co-morbidity or underlying cause then please contact the LEAF team to discuss)
  • They ask that most children will have worked with their health visitor or school nurse for at least six months prior to being accepted into the clinic.
  • It is essential that at least one parent/guardian attend the clinic appointments with the referred child. Other adults that are involved with the child’s care e.g. grandparents, are also invited to attend.


Content:

This is run in partnership with Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and forms a Multi Disciplinary Team Obesity Clinic that brings together the expertise of dietitians, physical activity specialists and paediatricians. The programme runs over four months. The content of this programme includes:

  • Individualised assessment with the Community Paediatrician, Children’s Dietician & Physical Activity Advisor
  • Group sessions, exploring topics to help manage children’s weight including: balanced nutrition, healthy foods, food labelling, internal and external triggers, behaviour change, routine and activity
  • Individualised follow-up assessment with the same team

Longer-term follow up is carried out by their primary health care worker e.g. health visitors or school nurses and signposted to other programmes for ongoing support.


Referrals:

Download the LEAF Referral Form here

For more information or to send in a completed referral form, please contact LEAF by email: LEAF.programme@nhs.net