The GP Care Group's Child Healthy Weight Team is pleased to announce that their first 'Healthy Weight Healthy Nutrition' training course has been successfully completed by 12 Health Visitors.
Child Healthy Weight remains a key priority both in Tower Hamlets and nationally. The COVID-19 pandemic has further shown the impact that living with excess weight can have on people's health, and the Government has committed to reducing childhood obesity by 50% by 2030.
The Healthy Weight Healthy Nutrition training course was developed by the Institute of Health Visiting in collaboration with a Dietician and Public Health Nutritionist, Dr Helen Crawley. It aims to support practitioners' knowledge-base across a comprehensive range of issues around the subject of healthy weight, nutrition, and physical activity for children under five, and their families.
This training was delivered as two-hour bite-sized modules over a five-week period and covered a range of topics from preconception and pregnancy, complementary feeding, eating well and healthy families as well as childhood obesity prevention. 100% of respondents reported feeling more confident in their ability to discuss this topic with families, and all respondents rated the course well.
The next five-week course will commence in the autumn term. Health Visitors can book themselves onto the training course when spaces become available. The course is a great CPD opportunity and has been recognised as best practice training by Public Health England.
Here is what some of our Health Visitors had to say about the course:
"The training reminded me that even when I am visiting a family and my situation is different from theirs. It is easy for me as a practitioner to make assumptions that might not necessarily be applicable to their situation."
"The fact that over one year's formula milk is not an adequate food. I knew this to be true, but it was very interesting to learn the elements of the session about iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anaemia and that effects include lethargy and reduced resistance to infection."
"All the contents of the training particularly the scenarios and discussions. We learned from each other knowledge and experiences. Well done!!"