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HENRY

www.henry.org.uk

HENRY – Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young

HENRY is a unique, award-winning, and highly successful intervention to protect young children from the health and emotional consequences of obesity in the early years and beyond. HENRY works because of its holistic approach, recognising that emotional wellbeing and confident, responsive parenting are just as important for a healthy start as nutrition and physical activity. It is the only evidence-based intervention that brings together parenting skills, support for behaviour change, and information about food and activity in the early years.

HENRY has developed a range of supportive resources for parents and practitioners to support a healthy start in life. Resources are up to date and accurate and consistent with government guidance.

HENRY’s CEO is Kim Roberts. Kim has 30 years’ experience of NHS and voluntary sector management. A parent of three herself, Kim is passionate about helping children to have the best start in life. She has a professional background in parenting, family support and early development and is the author of Early Learning Matters, a good practice guide, commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2009. Kim’s mission is to transform traditional approaches to obesity and respond to the strategic need for prevention. "We know that, once established, obesity is notoriously difficult to turn around in the long-term. Getting alongside families right from the start and helping them embed healthy lifestyle choices before excess weight gain is established is crucial.”

PATRONS

Dr Helen Crawley

Helen is a registered public health nutritionist and dietitian with 30 years’ experience in human nutrition, research, policy development and teaching. She is a Director of the public health nutrition charity, First Steps Nutrition Trust.

Professor David Haslam, Chair of National Obesity Forum

David is a full time GP with a special interest in obesity and cardio metabolic disease, Physician in Obesity Management and Chair of the National Obesity Forum.

Professor Sir Alan Craft, past President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Throughout his career Professor Sir Alan Craft practised as a general paediatrician. Previously President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, he received a knighthood from the Queen in 2004 for his services to medicine.