Our programmes


Poster detailing the work of the Healthy Start Workforce Project
Poster detailing the work of the Healthy Start Workforce Project (click to see a PDF)

    

The Healthy Start Workforce Project team is proud to offer two free workforce development programmes for health practitioners, health promoters, and educators.

 

Our programmes aim to improve knowledge about the role of good nutrition and physical activity prior to conception, during pregnancy and in infancy to help reduce health risks later in life, in particular heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and some cancers. 


They also provide health professionals with skills to support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity. 

 

Our programmes:
 

  • The Healthy Start Education Programme explores the scientific evidence showing how good nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy and early childhood can influence long-term health outcomes and reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases. 

  • Healthy Conversation Skills training enhances skills to support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity.

 

These two programmes are complementary. The education programme provides participants with detailed knowledge about why nutrition and physical activity in the early years matters so much to life-long health.  Healthy Conversation Skills workshops teach participants how to support clients to plan for and make lasting lifestyle changes for sustainable long-term health.   

 

Taken separately or together, both programmes aim to support health professionals with additional tools to use in daily practice with women and families.  Both courses also aim to increase confidence and job satisfaction. 
 

The courses qualify for professional development points for midwives, nurses and GPs.  Find out more about this in the links below. 

 

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