The Programmes

Making that positive change to your family's health and lifestyle starts today with Early Years Healthy Lifestyle Programmes for children under 5 years and children aged 8 to 11 years.

Referral form

Referral form

If you know of any families who would benefit from this programme or if you would be interested in taking part please complete this referral form and return it to: dianeg@early-years.org or alternatively you may post it to Diane Glasgow, Early Years Headquarters, 6c Wildflower way, Apollo Road, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA.

Registration form form

Registration form

If you are planning to attend/would like to register for an upcoming programme please fill in the following document and return to: dianeg@early-years.org or alternatively you can print/post the referral form to: Diane Glasgow, Early Years Headquarters, 6c Wildflower way, Apollo Road, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA. Download the Registration Form >>

Children under 5 years

Our 8 Week Healthy Lifestyle Programme is for all parents and their children aged 0-5 years and available throughout the Southern Health and Social Care Trust areas.

Each week parents will learn about healthy eating and physical activity, and the impact these have on a child's life. During Food Time a healthy snack will be provided for children to try new foods. Each session will finish with adults and children taking part in fun active games, and learn how to be healthy with puppets Ben, Orla and friends.

The Programme layout:

  • Parent Time – 45 mins discussion
  • Food Time – 15 mins snack
  • Family Time – 30 mins activity

Topics that will be covered:

  • Week 1: Reflecting on Meal Times
  • Week 2: Reflecting on Physical Activity
  • Week 3: Getting the Balance Right
  • Week 4: Gimme 5
  • Week 5: Food Labels & Shopping
  • Week 6: Managing Behaviours
  • Week 7: Healthy Weight & Self-Esteem
  • Week 8: Sharing & Reflection

Follow up sessions will be planned in the future. Families who complete the programme receive 3 free storybooks: Ben Loves to Play, Megan's Garden & Orla's Party, to read to your child.

Children aged 8-11 years

Our 12 Week Healthy Lifestyle Programme is intended for children aged 8-11 years and their parents and is available throughout the Southern Health and Social Care Trust areas.

Each week Families will learn through fun, interactive sessions about healthy eating and physical activity, and the positive impact these have on a family's life. Each session will finish with adults and children taking part in fun active games, encouraging families to try new activities. The Programme is FREE to everyone and includes:

The Programme layout:

  • Family Time – 45 mins discussion
  • Food Time – 15 mins snack
  • Activity Time – 45 mins activity

Topics that will be covered:

  • Week 1 - Getting to know you
  • Week 2 - Reflecting on Physical Activity
  • Week 3 - Getting the Balance Right
  • Week 4 - "Gimme 5"
  • Week 5 - Reflecting on Meal Times
  • Week 6 - Ready, Steady, Cook
  • Week 7 - Labels & Fast food
  • Week 8 - Supermarket Tour
  • Week 9 - Lunchbox Ideas
  • Week 10 - Routines
  • Week 11 - Quiztastic
  • Week 12 - Sharing and Reflection

Free frisbee, water bottle and voucher to use at your local leisure centre for those who attend all 12 weeks, for your family to get active.

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