Do you work with a child or children who are above a healthy weight?
Be Your Best is Surrey’s free weight management programme for children aged 0 to12-years-old.
The programme consists of twelve sessions designed to help families improve their child’s health, wellbeing and self-esteem. There are six after-school online group sessions (a parent session followed by a children’s session), and six personalised one to one nurse sessions which usually take place at the family home.
There’s nutritional guidance such as meal planning and snack swaps, advice on how to determine correct portion size and tips for dealing with fussy eaters! Families can discover innovative ways to change habits, become more active, drink more water (which is essential to the digestive metabolism) and reduce screen time.
Given that sleep deprivation causes increased levels of ghrelin (the hormone that makes you hungry) and reduced levels of leptin (the hormone that makes you feel full), families will also explore how to improve the quality and quantity of their child’s sleep.
Children receive goodies as they work their way through the programme – the fitness trackers are very popular and a great way to encourage children to increase their daily step count! There’s also a weekly online Family Fit activity session and a live cooking workshop.
If you know a family who would benefit from our support, please refer them via the Be Your Best - Surrey website. Families can also self-refer. The only criteria are that the child must be aged 0 to12-years-old, above the healthy weight range* and live in Surrey or attend a Surrey school.
*A child being ‘above the healthy weight range’ is calculated using the Growth Charts, where a child's weight, height, DOB and gender are all taken into account to get the reading.