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

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.