Children’s Weight Management Pilot (Jan 2020) - Forest of Dean and Gloucester City Only

BeeZee Families is a Royal Society Public Health award winning healthy lifestyles programme for very overweight 5-15 year olds and their families. This is a pilot project until April 2021 free to families who are residents of or GP registered in the Forest of Dean and Gloucester City only. To be eligible one child in the family will be very overweight, but the entire family are invited to attend the programme.

Children can be referred to the service by their parents or by another health professional with the parent’s permission. Following referral the service provides assessment, advice and treatment planned around the individual needs of the child & family. BeeZee Families is designed to help stop or slow weight gain by providing fun-filled, family focused practical sessions, covering physical activity opportunities, realistic healthy eating advice and behaviour change techniques to the whole family (siblings are also welcome). The programme is free to attend and runs for 14 weeks with one 2 hour session per week.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Children must be on above the 98th centile for age adjusted BMI defined as “very overweight”.
  • Aged between 5 and 15 years.
  • Resident or GP registered in Gloucester or Forest of Dean
  • Parent/Carer MUST attend and give consent for child’s referral

To calculate child’s BMI centile:
Take the child’s height and weight and using the NHS Choices BMI calculator  tool at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ selecting the child tab.

If child is very overweight complete the referral form located HERE and send to BeeZee Bodies beezee.bodies@nhs.net

If the family have any questions or comments about the project, or if you would like more information, please contact:

BeeZee Bodies Manager: Shaunagh Craig
Telephone number: 01432 717262
Email: 
Beezee.bodies@nhs.net

Please see the folowing documents for further guidance:

For more information on the service follow the resource link below to the website.

HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition in the Really Young)

HENRY is a free 8-week group course running termly in some local children’s centres

It is for parents of children aged 0 – 5 years and their children.

HENRY is for people who would like to:
Feel more confident as a parent
Get some support to give their child a healthy start
Reduce mealtime stress
See their child eat more fruit and vegetables
Help their children spend more time being active and less on screens

Referrals - Signpost families to their local Children's Centre who can refer people on to the course.

Paediatric Dietician

A paediatric dietician develops nutritional guidelines for children based on their medical condition, usually after they are diagnosed with an acute or chronic illness. Paediatric dieticians teach the families about sound nutritional principles and the best ways to select and prepare food. In some cases, such as children who have kidney disorders, the diet modification may be complicated and require a great deal of guidance. With the increase in obesity and Type II diabetes in juveniles, dieticians are often focusing on coaching families to avoid junk food and too many sweets, along with adopting an exercise program.

Referrals - Any health professional can refer a child to the paediatric dietician. 

Referral letters should be sent to:

Paediatric Dietician
Nutrition and Dietetics
Beacon House
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

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