Is your child 5-19 years? Are you concerned about their weight?

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Surrey County Council's children's weight management service, Alive N Kicking by Everyone Health, is a lifestyle and weight management programme designed to support families and children from aged 5 to 19 years.

The 12 week programme is specifically designed to provide age appropriate messages, activities and behavioural change strategies that will benefit the whole family in a fun and educational setting. Each of the 12 weekly group sessions concentrate on a particular topic, which is tailored for each specific age group. Examples include, Mindful eating, understanding food labels, portion sizes and regular eating patterns, 5 a day Food Tasting and keeping active and having good sleep.

Programmes are running in Spelthorne, Chertsey, Woking, Camberley, Tadworth, Dorking, Redhill and Guildford.

More information on locations and what to expect from the service can be found on the 'Because Everyone wants the best for their Children' leaflet. See also the Alive N Kicking Flyer.

If you are worried about your child's weight and want to join one of the free programmes call 01483 600 524 or email: surrey@ank.uk.com.

The National Child Measurement Programme

Every year children in Reception (aged 4 to 5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10 to 11 years) are weighed and measured during the school year by the Surrey School Nurse Teams. This helps to plan children services and monitor the growth of our children. You will receive a letter from the Nursing team letting you know when your child will be measured. Around a quarter of these children will be identified as having "excess weight". Recognising weight gain early on makes it easier to do something about it.

Use the BMI calculator to check your child's weight. BMI or body mass index is how health professionals measure if children are a healthy weight for their height, age and gender.

Change 4 Life

If you would like more ideas on how your family can eat well and be healthier sign up to Change 4 Life. You will get free texts and emails and you can download the free Sugar SMART app.

Underweight children

Two to five year-olds can be small, but they are growing and that means they need more energy and the right nutrition. If you are worried your child is underweight; speak to your GP. To find out more about basic nutrition about your child click the link 2 to 5 years or 6 to 12 years.