Who are they?
“Healthy Choices” is a bespoke family service aimed at 5-19 year olds who fall above a healthy weight (91st centile on BMI Chart) and is delivered by a team of Healthy Lifestyle Advisors based across North Yorkshire. The team works with families to make positive, realistic and achievable changes to their lifestyle suitable to their individual circumstances.
The Service aims to provide a fun and engaging way of learning about healthy living and we hope to break down the perceptions of healthy living as being difficult, unachievable and boring. They look to provide families with the knowledge and tools to confidently take control of their health and opt for a healthier happier way of living.
What do they do?
An initial assessment will be completed for each family which will look at a range of lifestyle behaviours including diet and sedentary behaviour alongside confidence and self-esteem. They will also take measurements for height, weight and BMI. A Healthy Lifestyle Advisor will work with each family for 12 weeks, ten of these weeks will be based around their core curriculum and two weeks will allow for flexible, bespoke sessions which will are tailored specifically to each family. One to one sessions may be carried out with the family as a whole, or when appropriate just with the parent or teen individually.
The core ten weeks will cover the following topics:
1. Introductory Session – baseline measurements
2. The “Eatwell Plate”
3. Portion Size
4. Physical Activity
5. Planning Healthy Meals and Snacks
6. Cook and Eat Session – midway review & measurements
7. Food Labels
8. Fruit & Veg
9. Triggers for food and activity
10.Sugary foods and drinks
12.Bespoke – core programme review & measurements
On completion of the 12 weeks further support will be offered through regular phone calls or additional one to one catch ups, each family will also be offered follow up visits at 6, 9 and 12 months.
“Healthy Choices” Eligibility Criteria
Age 5 – 19 years.
Resident of North Yorkshire.
BMI ≥ 91st BMI Centile.
Are low or underweight – if you feel your child is underweight, please contact the Healthy Child Service on 01423 557711 who, if necessary, will speak with your GP and will look at whether a direct referral to dietetic services or CAMHS is required.
Individuals with underlying medical cause for obesity who require clinical intervention will be considered on a case by case basis.
Children with more complex needs on a case by case basis – please call the area team for more advice.
Referring into Healthy Choices
Parents/ Carers can self-refer onto the initiative. Professionals can also refer to the service with the permission of a family.
Self-referral should only be made via phone, to ensure appropriate data protection. Please see contact details below.
Referrals will be assessed on an individual basis, looking at your family’s current needs, wants and circumstances.
Contact details for self-referrals to “Healthy Choices” initiative
Hambleton & Richmond
Joanne Weaver, Tel: 01609 798073, Email:
Rachel Owen Butler, Tel: 01609 798182, Email:
Phillippa Sellstrom, Tel: 01609 532695, Email: