Children's healthy weight

Are your family looking for a fun way to get healthy together?

If you are a parent or carer or aged 7-16 then Live Well Stay Well can help.

Our free programme* supports overweight children and their families to reach and maintain a healthier weight. If you live in Buckinghamshire or are registered with a Bucks GP, you can register with Spark.

On this page you will also find resources to support children’s health and motivate you as a family to make simple changes to your daily routine, which lead to a healthier lifestyle.

What is Spark?

Spark is a FREE 12-week group programme* for children aged 7-13 and their families. The programme consists of fun games and activities helping families make small changes for a BIG difference. You will learn how to make healthier food choices and how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, whilst become more active.

Spark sessions are held in a range of locations across Bucks and are held during early eveningand weekends. To find out more and enrol with Spark:

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 Small change - big difference 


For people aged 14-15* we have a new programme coming soon, which will offer support for teenagers.  Watch this space for more information or contact us to find out more.

For people aged 16 and over* they can get support from the adult weight management programme, so no matter how old you are we have a programme to support you lead a healthier lifestyle. ​

*eligibility criteria applies

Did you know that Live Well Stay Well also helps people to stop smoking?

If you are aged 12+ and looking for support to help stop smoking, Live Well Stay Well can help.

You can speak directly to a Live Well Stay Well Coach to find out more. Our Coaches are friendly and non judgemental, they will help you to find a support option that suits you.  Give us a call to find out more.

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Further information

What is the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)?

Every year school nurses measure reception year and year 6 children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.  Height and weight measurements are taken in school as part of routine growth checks, they will be stored on the child's Bucks Healthcare NHS Child Health record. All data will be treated as confidential and their weight will not be discussed with them, school staff or other children (although they may overhear their own height). Measurements will be made anonymous and then analysed at a national level. Children who take part will be asked to remove their shoes and coats only, all cultural needs will be respected and a child will not be made to do it. The parents/carers will receive a letter by post and it is their decision to share the details with the child. You may receive a phone call from the school nurse team and be offered support and advice depending on the measurements. They know that every child is unique and will grow and develop differently, they will ask you about your child/family when they talk with you. The measurements are taken at one moment in time and for some children a few grams or centimetres can make the difference to the result. As children begin to go through puberty, their body shapes change at different rates and the school nurse team talk about this in their Yr5/6 puberty talks (if your school invites them) or as part of the Online Health Assessment follow-up session.


If you want to withdraw your child from this or other School Nursing Universal care, please contact the School Nursing Service.or respond to the letter sent to parents/carers prior to the school visit. 

Want to know more?

 National Child Measurement Programme

School height and weight measurements

Our top tips

  • Eat snacks with less than 100 calories 
  • Try and avoid sugary drinks including fizzy drinks and milkshakes
  • Move more. Try and be active for I hour each day
  • Learn to read a food label, helping you make healthier choices
  • Check the portion size, make sure they are not to big