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Kirklees Adult Weight Management Service The Kirklees Adult Weight Management Service will be launched in December and will be ready to receive patients in January 2010, supporting people living in Kirklees to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The service will offer advice, help and support to adults aged 16yrs + living within Kirklees with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 and above and who are motivated to attend a weight management programme. Patients will be offered a range of interventions tailored to individual needs to make sure they receive the most appropriate intervention and treatment through a variety of weight management programmes including one to one sessions, group sessions and online tools. The service will run in conjunction with current services in Kirklees including GP direct access dietician service, exercise recommendation programmes and Health Trainers and will have the capacity to receive approximately 3000 client referrals per year, particularly targeting areas where there are high levels of obesity and specific groups including women of child bearing age. The service will be accessed via a gateway and will be based on a tiered approach tier 1 being a community weight management programme through to tier 3 being specialist treatment services. Email or shona for more information.

SAVE THE DATE NHS Kirklees will be holding two events to launch the Kirklees Adult Weight Management Service where you will have an opportunity to walk through the care pathway, become familiar with the referral process and have the chance to speak with the commissioned providers who together form the service. Invitations will be sent out shortly.

Change4life Prop forward for the Huddersfield Giants, Eorl Crabtree, was the first person to sign up to the Change4Life in Kirklees’ Champion Pledge. The Change4Life lifestyle revolution involves thousands of local charities and organisations including NHS Kirklees, Kirklees Council and Kirklees Active Leisure. These organisations will help mums, dads and families eat well, move more and live longer through a number of initiatives including Eat Well4Life and activity programmes such as Get into Sport, Energise and Sport4life A key role for Change4Life Champions is to reinforce the health messages around physical activity and food and to actively support the Change4life movement. This involves encouraging people to sign up to the campaign and help to recruit other Change4Life Champions. Eorl said; “I am pleased to support the Change4Life lifestyle revolution and hope to promote physical activity and healthy eating messages through my involvement in the Huddersfield

MONDAY 7th DECEMBER 6:30-8pm Woodlands Conference Centre, Heckmondwike TUESDAY 8th DECEMBER 6:30-8pm Lockwood Park Rugby Ground

Giants and my role as an ‘Engage With Your Health’ ambassador.” Change4life in Kirklees builds on existing programmes to create a greater awareness of ways to help encourage and motivate children and families to lead a healthier way of life. As the three year Change4life initiative develops at a national level, here in Kirklees organisations will support new activities for local people to move more, eat well and live longer which will have a huge benefit in helping people feel well and lower the risk of contracting a range of health problems. Anyone who wants to get involved with Change4Life and sign up as a Change4life champion should contact Liz Messenger on 07958 144865 or email on Liz.Messenger@ or for more information about Change4life visit

This autumn will see the launch of the latest sub-brand of the Change4Life campaign. Start4Life is aimed at pregnant women and families with babies, promoting the importance of a healthy diet during breastfeeding and weaning. More information will follow in the coming weeks.

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For more information contact the Change4Life helpline on 0300 123 3434.

National Child Measurement Programme (ncmp) The National Child Measurement Programme involves weighing and measuring reception and year 6 children attending school in Kirklees, and is now in its fourth year. The results of the 2007/08 programme have been analysed and one in five reception children and one in three Year 6 children are at risk of being overweight or obese in Kirklees. Currently the MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It) programme is running in venues across Kirklees to support kids and their families to achieve a healthier lifestyle through a programme of healthy eating and being active. If you require any further information about MEND please contact Emma Schofield on 01484 234096 or alternatively by email at Care pathways and further weight management services for children who are overweight and obese are currently being developed via a multi-agency, Kirklees-wide service review and will increase the capacity and range of services available across Kirklees.

The Up-forit project uses a social marketing approach to influence behaviour in students aged 1624, attending further and higher education establishments in Kirklees. The aim is to halt the year on year rise in the number of young people who are overweight or obese by supporting them to become more physically active and adopt healthier eating practices. Activities last term included: • 2000 starter packs were distributed at fresher’s fair, containing quick, easy and cheap recipe cards along with the ingredients to cook them. • 660 students attended a high profile dance launch event at a night club where future classes were showcased. • A “Take on the Takeaway” event featuring James Martin was held to encourage students to cook easy, healthy food.

• 33 teams signed up for a dodgeball tournament; dodgeball societies are being developed with an annual tournament to encourage sustainability. The project also made it to the final of the Communicating Health Awards which recognised excellence in all forms of communication in the NHS and the health and social care sector and was shortlisted in the Best Social Marketing Campaign category. The Up-forit web site www.up-for. is linked to a Facebook page to promote cooking and dance sessions following on from free ‘give it a go’ dance sessions and cooking demonstrations in Storthes Hall residence. For further information contact Lynne Cliffe, Project Manager on 07970810842 or Lynne.Cliffe@

Does your work Does work support support children, children, young youngpeople, people, in schools schools and and communities? communities? families in If it does, then our regional Change4Life seminar may be of interest to you. The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Change4Life Seminar for Local Supporters, is being held in Headingly Leeds on Wednesday 2nd December 2009, 10.00am until 12noon.

The event will also update you on regional activities, enable you to network with other local supporters, those leading strategic work and allow you to register as a local supporter.

This 2 hour regional event will introduce you to the Change4Life campaign and a range of free toolkits; Breakfast4Life; Swim4Life; Walk4Life; Bike4Life; Play4Life; Cook4Life; and Dance4Life.

Who should attend: Teachers, classroom assistants, learning mentors, dinner/lunch time supervisors, child-care practitioners, play workers, childminders, Sure Start and Children’s Centre workers, health trainers, health

Healthyweight4kirklees website If you want to know more about what is happening in Kirklees to support obese people please visit www.healthyweight4kirklees. and register for the Kirklees Healthy Weight Network. This new website responds to feedback from information gathered from health practitioners which highlighted partnership working as a key element of supporting obese people. Kirklees Healthy Weight Network will allow health professionals and partners to: • Support each other by means of a question and answer section where there is an opportunity to share good practice and learn from each other. • Access current local and national information, evidence, motivational tools and guidance related to obesity. • The ability to review tools and resources using a star rating to aid the sharing of good practice. • Link to current services and be the first to find out about the development of new local services to support obese people.

visitors, school and GP surgery nurses, parents, volunteers and many others.

Would you like to register for a place as a delegate: If you would like to register interest in attending the seminar please contact us at or call 02476 588476 and we will ensure that you receive the seminar/booking form as soon as it is available?

New Eatwell4life website Everything about healthy eating in Kirklees Eatwell4life is a new website being launched by the NHS Kirklees public health food programme. It is the home for a network useful to anyone in Kirklees who is interested in promoting and supporting healthy eating. It provides a searchable directory of information about what’s on in Kirklees including: • healthy eating events • cooking classes • information on growing food with others • places to go to buy or eat healthy meals • and key messages on healthy eating. Training is also available to anyone working in the community, including a nationally accredited course on delivering cook and eat sessions, through the Kirklees FINE project (Food Initiative and Nutrition Education) - a partnership between NHS Kirklees and Kirklees Council. A small grants fund is also available to support those receiving training to go out into the community and make a difference.


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PRIMARY CARE FOCUS The results are in! A big thank you to all the surgeries that completed the Obesity Audit at the beginning of the year. The obesity team has been attending local events to share the results but if you haven’t seen them here is a summary: • 41 practices completed the audit giving a 55% response rate. Of these, 30 practices (73%) had a dedicated obesity lead within the practice. • 95% of practices are routinely using BMI to define the degree of overweight and obese; a broad spectrum of clinical staff carry out height and weight measurements within practices. • Only 46% of practices considered their equipment for measuring height and weight to be ‘satisfactory.’ Many practices commented that they do not have access to high capacity scales capable of weighing very obese patients. 7% of practices do not calibrate their scales regularly. • Department of Health resources developed to support primary care professionals such as Raising the issue of Weight, Why weight matters and Your weight, Your Health are not being used routinely with overweight and obese patients. • Signposting to weight management services such as the Practice Active and Leisure Scheme (PALS) and Young PALS is poor. The audit has highlighted that many practices are not aware of weight management programmes such as Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It (MEND) which is aimed at children aged between 7 and 13 and their families. • 56% of practices identified future training needs. To access the full report go to www.healthyweight4kirklees.nhs. uk and click on the Kirklees Healthy Weight Network button.

New Equipment In May this year every GP surgery in Kirklees received a new set of high capacity Seca scales with a height measure and a Bodystat Bio-impedance machine. This was in response to the findings from the Obesity Audit and following a consultation with a selection of primary care staff. A representative from Bodystat ran four training sessions with over 80 practice staff attending the sessions. As the Kirklees Adult Weight Management Service is due to be launched in the New Year, the Obesity Team would encourage you to routinely weight and measure all patients and record those who are obese on your obesity register. This will help to inform the future service demand. Visit and register for the Kirklees Healthy Weight Network to access the presentation and useful hints and tips about measuring body fat using the Bodystat Machine.

Obesity Team Liz Messenger, Health Improvement Practitioner Advanced (Obesity) 07958 144865 Shona Auty, Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist (Obesity) 01924 351643 07931 757043 Lynne Cliffe, Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist (Obesity) 07970 810842