Start is a programme for children and young people in Kirklees who are above a healthy weight.

Start combines physical activity, healthy eating and behaviour change to enable children to live a healthier lifestyle.

What Start includes

Start offers a range of services to support children and their families including:

  • Free 1 to 1 motivational appointments tailored to support and help your child and family to engage in a more active and healthy lifestyle
  • Access to fun physical activity community based sessions
  • Appointments available at two centrally located sites - Huddersfield Leisure Centre, and Dewsbury Sports Centre
  • Free KAL card offering subsidised prices and discounts on a range of activities including swimming and teen gym
  • The opportunity to join Ready Steady Go!, an 8 week healthy family lifestyle programme

Ready Steady Go!

  • Free 8 week, healthy lifestyle programme for families with children aged 2-13 years old.
  • It is aimed at children and families who want to become more active and achieve a balanced diet, by making small changes to their lifestyle.
  • Families come together in a fun and exciting environment and are offered advice and support from our friendly staff.
  • There are 3 programmes available designed for various age ranges.
Ready Steady Go Juniors sessions
Ready Steady Go Juniors sessions
Target age Duration Session structure Description
2 - 4 yrs and parents/carers 1.5hrs x 8 weeks • Tots Bee Fit 30mins
• Munch Time 15mins
• Lifestyle workshop 45mins (children in créche for 45mins)
• Instructor led active play with parent/carer
• Introducing new fruits and vegetables to group to taste together with parent/carer
• Workshops around key lifestyle topics such as: The 5 food groups, Fussy Eating, Taming Tantrums
4 - 7 yrs and parents/carers 2hrs x 8 weeks • Family Zone 45mins
• Munch Time 15mins
• Lifestyle workshop 1hr
• Planet Play 1hr (children only)
• Instructor led fun activities and games around healthy eating and how to get more active
• Introducing new fruits and vegetables to group to taste together with parent/carer
• Workshops around key lifestyle topics such as: Magic Meals, Less Rest More Play, Snack Attack
• Active play - fun active games based around different planets
7 - 13 yrs and parents/carers 2hrs x 8 weeks • Sport Zone 45mins
• Snack Time 15mins
• Lifestyle workshop 1hr
• Family workshop 1hr
• Instructor led multi sports session, aiming to improve skill, confidence and fitness
• Workshops around key lifestyle topics
• Joint family sessions covering: Be Food Smart, Ready Steady Shop, Sugar Snacks and Everything Fat

Joining Start

To join Start, children and young people must be:

  • Aged between 5 and 16 years old and above a healthy weight
  • Resident in Kirklees, or registered to a Kirklees GP
  • Motivated and compliant to taking part with a view to making lifestyle changes

The Start weight management programme is fully inclusive to those with a disability.

Start also provides support and advice for children aged 2-5 years, please contact us for more information.

If you are unsure if your child is above a healthy weight, use the BMI healthy weight calculator . You can also talk to your School Nurse or GP.

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More resources

Visit Change4Life for great tips, ideas and resources to support your family's journey towards a healthier lifestyle.