Supporting early years settings to tackle the issue of obesity: The Healthy Active Little Ones (HALO) - East Sussex programme
PHE ePoster Library. Blake N. Sep 13, 2016; 138083; 113
Nicola Blake
Nicola Blake
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Abstract Introduction: A pilot workforce development and intervention programme designed to support early years settings (EYS) to adopt a whole settings approach to healthy eating and physical activity (HE/PA). Method: Primarily targeted at settings in areas with greatest prevalence of excess weight at reception year; two co-ordinators have led on the auditing of settings using validated tools in which provide an evidence-based framework for enhancing dietary and physical activity provision. Following a baseline “HALO check”, HE/PA recommendations are provided and settings are supported to develop an action plan to facilitate improvements. Alongside ongoing support, a range of HE/PA interventions have also been made available. A follow up “HALO Check” is then completed at six months to re-assess settings' approaches towards/provision of healthy eating and physical activity.Results: Between March 2015 and February 2016, 105 EYS completed a baseline HALO Check, with each setting participating in at least one workforce development opportunity/ intervention. Initial evaluations highlight emerging positive findings to include; the development of HE/PA policies, increased delivery of HE/PA messages through EYFS curriculum, enhanced HE/PA knowledge, skills and confidence amongst early years practitioners, healthier food provision, and effective engagement with parents and carers. Conclusion: HALO - East Sussex is an innovative multi-component programme, which has enhanced partnership working across Public Health, Children's Services and early years providers. A final evaluation report, to include intervention evaluations, external analysis of baseline and follow up HALO checks, qualitative evaluation of co-ordinator support and production of a case study resource will be available in August 2016.
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