Here's why you should join

  • The programme is multi-component
  • Engages the whole family & provides strategies to develop self-efficacy
  • Includes users in programme development and improvement
  • Embraces all stakeholders and policy makers
  • Integrates exercise into daily life for the whole family
  • Is a long term structured programme with specific exit strategies
  • Considers individual circumstances and is adaptable
  • Targets at risk groups such as ethnic minorities and those with special needs
  • Is sustainable through building capacity by training of the local workforce

Our Age Appropriate programmes

Our Alive ‘N’ Kicking programmes are designed to support families and children within 4 different age ranges. The age appropriate programmes are outlined below, click on the link for each programme to find out more. To sign up for a programme in the areas where ANK is currently being delivered, then follow the link to Find your local programme.

Toddlers - Aged 2-4 years old

Programme Outline:

The Alive ‘n’ Kicking Toddlers programme is an obesity prevention programme involving parental nutrition workshops and children’s active play sessions which are primarily delivered from Children’s Centres and Nurseries. The programme aims to educate and inform parents on the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity guidelines for young children across a series of six interactive workshops.

Programme Content:

A series of six, one hour parent workshops focusing on the key factors influencing a child’s weight and health including;

  • Daily Routine & Fussy Eating
  • Drinks & Dental Health
  • Using Food Labels
  • Understanding Portion Sizes
  • Physical Activity and Sleep
  • Healthy Snacks

There is also a parent and child healthy food preparation activity to encourage the children’s interest in and learning about healthy food. The programme offers opportunities for children, together with their parents/carers, to explore different kinds of physical activity in a motivational and play based programme. In addition to this, the children engage in an active play session delivered alongside the weekly parent nutrition workshops to increase activity levels and support healthy development.

The Toddlers programme develops parent’s confidence in identifying lifestyle choices that impact on the family and supports the development of core parenting skills. There is an emphasis on supporting parents to improve their own healthy eating and physical activity levels to adopt a ‘whole family approach’.

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Infants & Juniors – Aged 4-11 Years Old

Programme Outline:

The most important course for parents and care-givers with young children is our infant and junior programme. This programme is primarily focused on the parents/caregivers role and responsibilities in their child’s health, with a simultaneous component of fun activity and play for the children.

Programme Content:

The Infants and Juniors programme is a 12 week course, consisting of weekly 90 minute group sessions with other parents/caregivers. Educational Weekly Topics include:

  • Understanding Healthy Eating
  • Sugary Drinks
  • Healthy School Food
  • Reducing Sedentary Behaviour
  • 5 A Day Food Tasting

The aims of the group sessions are to educate and guide parents in ensuring that healthy lifestyle habits for the whole family are prioritised. The group meetings act to empower parents and give them the necessary skills to ensure their children grow up healthy and happy.

Children also have the opportunity to come to an additional drop off physical activity session, which runs weekly throughout the 12 week programme. These sessions give parents the option to drop their children off for an hour of physical activity in the form of fun games and challenges as well as making new friends who are just like them.


Seniors – Aged 12-15 Years Old

Programme Outline:

The seniors approach forms a similar 12 weekly group programme, however the young person’s will be actively involved in all workshops relating to health, nutrition and weight management alongside with their parents. The main emphasis of this programme is to encourage parents/caregivers and children to all take responsibility for their health and lifestyle. By working together we empower parents/caregivers and their children to make healthier food choices and increasing physical activity levels.

Programme Content

Weekly topics are tailored to the group and ensure that the young people are engaged in the learning element of this programme. Weekly topics unique to the Young Persons programme include:

  • Community Physical Activity Taster Sessions
  • Group Shopping Experience
  • Portion Distortion

The seniors will also have the opportunity to attend an additional weekly drop off physical activity session, which may take place at the regular programme venue or some sessions may be delivered at a gym facility to encourage the use of leisure facilities available to older children.


Young Persons – Aged 16+ Years Old

Programme Outline:

The Young Persons programme is a flexible programme, easily adaptable to suit the group of young people you are working with. The programme is written to be able to be delivered to smaller groups who may require some one to one support during the group sessions.

Groups who have benefited from this programme include Young Carers, PHE College Groups and Health and Social Care College Groups.

The main objectives of this programme is for young people to gain the knowledge and confidence to change current habits and behaviors through the education of healthy eating, weight management and personal empowerment.

Programme Content:

Participants meet once a week for a 1 hour nutrition workshop. Where facilities allow a physical activity component, a 30 minute exercise session can be included to make the session 1 hour 30 in total. The weekly topics are:

  • Energy Balance & The Eatwell Guide
  • Snacking, Fast Food & Sugary Drinks
  • Reduced E-Play & Healthy School Food
  • Understanding Food Labels & Portion Distortion
  • 5 Eating Points a Day & Sleep
  • Future Plan & Graduation

An additional weekly physical activity session is a popular component of this programme as young people are encouraged to attend a gym circuit style physical activity session organized with our exercises specialist at a local gym facility.


Tier 2 Children & Young Persons Service

The ANK programme adheres to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline (CG43 & PH53) [3, 4]. It is multi-component using behavioural change strategies to increase physical activity and to improve eating behaviours and the quality of the persons’ diet. Staff are trained in the process of assessing a family’s readiness to change using the Trans Theoretical Model of change (TTM) [5] and will use a combination of evidenced behaviour change constructs such as Motivational Interviewing [6, 7], Self-efficacy Theory [8] and Protection Motivation Theory [9] to effect changes. Nutritional advice is based on the British Dietetic Association ‘Weight Wise Campaign’ and Eatwell guidelines and has been developed by dietitians and registered nutritionists.

The design, implementation and continued improvement of ANK is derived from best practice as identified in the current evidence base [10-15]:

Our Results

We are proud of the achievements made by our families participating in the Alive n Kicking programme, here is a selection of results.

Success rates by BMI (1,250 families 3yrs)

Centile % (n=1250) % reduced BMI z score
> 91st (overweight) 21% (264) 78%
> 98th (obese) 59% (736) 80%
> 99.6th (severely obese) 20% (250) 79%

*Illustrating that ANK is equally efficacious across all BMI ranges

  • Our KPI's
  • 80% reduce or maintain BMI z score from baseline to week 12
  • 75% increase self-esteem (averaging 25% improvements)
  • 95% service users rate the service as very good or excellent
  • 99% of parents would recommend ANK to other parents
  • 73% of (overweight) parents also lost weight during the programme
  • 32% completers attend for follow up measurements
  • 80% of those attending follow up maintained a reduced BMI z score
  • 82% of completers improved cardiovascular fitness from baseline