Family Shape Up

Family Shape Up is a free 12-week healthy lifestyle group programme for 6-13 year olds who are above their ideal weight. Each child needs to be accompanied by an adult family member and siblings are welcome to join in too.

We guide and help your family learn about healthy eating through fun activities and offer practical tips on topics such as eating well, food portion sizes and building healthier habits.

Friendly activity leaders are there to support and encourage the children to join in with games and promote physical activity in a fun and safe environment.


The 12 week Family Shape Up programme consists of 11 weekly sessions, each lasting 1½ hours followed by an individual appointment to review your progress and discuss next steps. The sessions include 45 minutes learning about healthy eating through fun activities, followed by games for the children and a discussion time for the parents and carers.

Expect a relaxed and supportive group environment where you can share ideas and practical tips for the whole family.

We provide you with up-to-date, evidence-based information on healthy eating and provide you with the tools to help your family continue on a healthy lifestyle journey. Our help and support doesn’t end when you have finished your Family Shape Up programme. We have a number of options to suit, ranging from our online ‘ask a nutrition advisor’ service to monthly active family sessions.

Use the BMI calculator on the website ( to check if your child is a healthy weight (not suitable for those under 2).

If the calculator shows that your child is above an ideal weight, and they are 6-13 years old, your family is eligible for our free weight management services. Complete the website form and we will contact you to discuss the options available or call us to discuss on 01273 431 703.

The next 11 week programme starts on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 5.30-7pm at the Brighthelm Centre in central Brighton.


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