“Why weight to talk?” Project Evaluation

“Why weight to talk?” Project Evaluation

“Why weight to talk?”, developed and delivered by Food Active, is a universal training programme designed to educate and empower frontline practitioners to provide brief advice around healthier weight to children and families.

Developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders in Cheshire West and Chester, the training programme covers the wider determinants of healthier weight and health inequalities, the impact of weight stigma and Adverse Childhood Experiences, whilst providing guidance on how to take a strength’s based approach to deliver brief advice successfully, in addition to information about local referral pathways and national support.

Food Active delivered the training programme to over 200 practitioners last year including staff from the 0-19 service, GPs, social prescribers, and health visitors. “Why weight to talk?” was successful in increasing practitioners’ knowledge and confidence as well as confidence to engage and refer children and families into support services where appropriate.

Funding has been secured by Cheshire and Merseyside’s Children and Young People’s Transformation Programme to continue delivery of the training until March 2024.


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