Get Going

NHS Lothian have launched Get Going, a new family-based healthy lifestyle programme that offers support to help your child get active, eat well and work towards a healthy weight.

What is the Get Going programme?
It’s an eight-week programme delivered by trained Healthy Lifestyle Coaches in community venues and Leisure facilities.  The emphasis is on fun and feeling good.  It’s about getting active as a family and working together to make small, realistic lifestyle changes.

The programme includes:

Get Going is offered free of charge to participants through funding from NHS Lothian. Delivery of Get Going is supported by Specialist Pediatric Dietitians and Child Psychologists.

Why is a healthy weight important for children?
Children who are overweight also tend to be overweight as adults however there are things you can do to help your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  A healthy weight is important for health – it reduces the risk of diseases like coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and some cancers.

Is my child overweight?
Get Going is aimed at children and young people aged 5 - 17 years who are overweight or obese, along with their parents/carers.  This Healthy Weight Calculator can show you whether your child’s weight is outside the healthy range.

    WEIGHT (metric or imperial)   HEIGHT (metric or imperial)
     Stones lbs
Feet Inches
This calculator was written by Dr Graham Mackenzie, Consultant in
Public Health, NHS Lothian, using the Child Growth Foundation algorithm,
with design input from Stephen Harris, Webmaster, NHS Lothian.
© 2010 NHS Lothian.
Note that BMI cut offs for children are different to those for adults.

How can I join?
Parent/carers can self-refer a child onto the programme. You can either complete the self referral form online or print a copy and send it to the addresses listed below.

If you are a professional there is a referral form that can be filled in online or printed and sent to the address listed below.

For more details about your local Get Going service contact:
Get Going Administrator
Paediatric Weight Management Service
Woodlands House
74 Canaan Lane
Astley Ainslie Hospital
Edinburgh, EH9 2TB
Tel: 0131 537 9209

What else can I do to help my child achieve a healthy weight?

Get Going
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