Food for Healthy Growth and Development

Growth and development happen throughout childhood, and nutrition plays a vital role in supporting this. Therefore, is it very important that they are provided with an age appropriate, varied and balanced diet to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need to support healthy growth and development.

Feeding your families

It is important that we try and achieve a varied balanced diet to keep ourselves healthy. Due to the current cost of living crisis, this can be difficult. Energy prices are on the rise, and this makes cooking more expensive. See below for our top tips on budgeting, shopping, healthy recipes and inexpensive ways of cooking that you may not have thought about. 

Healthy Lifestyle Programme

This is a healthy lifestyle course for families with children aged 4-16 years who are above a healthy weight and meet one of the following criteria:

  • live in Tameside
  • have a Tameside GP  
  • attend a school in Tameside

The course runs over 10 weeks, with follow-up at 6 months and 1 year.

The first week is a face-to-face appointment to introduce the course and understand what you would like to change during the course. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure, our Nutrition Advisors are experienced at helping families to think about this. 

During weeks 2-9, you will receive an email with a recorded session about nutrition and a recorded activity session, which you are asked to watch as a family. You will receive a phone call at an arranged time with the Nutrition Advisor to chat about the sessions you have watched and to discuss how you are getting on with the changes you are making. This call is to help you and gives you an opportunity to ask any questions or chat about anything that may be making it hard to progress. 

The week 10 session is a face-to-face appointment, with an opportunity to reflect on how you feel the course has gone for you as a family and what changes you have achieved. 

You will then be offered extra follow-up appointments at week 26 (6 months) and week 52 (1 year) to support you in keeping going with your changes. 

Parents and carers can complete a self-referral form on behalf of their child. Professionals can also refer using the Nutrition & Dietetics referral form. 

You may find it helpful to look at this information before making a referral:

Eatwell Guide link: Week 2   Eatwell Guide 

Portion Sizes link: Week 3   Portion Sizes 

Food Labelling link: Week 4 Food Labelling - YouTube

Starchy Carbohydrates & Fibre link: Week 5 Carbs & Fibre - YouTube

Fats link: Week 6 Fats - YouTube

Sugar link: Week 7 Sugar - YouTube

Snacks, Hunger & Cravings link: Week 8 Snacks, Hunger & Cravings - YouTube

Takeaways & Eating Out link: Week 9 Takeaways - YouTube

Selective Eating

Selective eating will look different for different children. For some children selective eating may be related to a normal part of development or an intercurrent illness and should improve with time. For other children selective eating may persist longer, over time this could result in malnutrition. Please see our resources below to support your child with selective eating.

Managing Selective eating (Pre-school age children)

Managing Selective eating (School age children)

Frequently asked questions selective eating

Feeding guidance

Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy

Cow's milk protein allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children. Children with cow’s milk protein allergy need to follow a cow’s milk free diet to relieve symptoms. Please see below resources for advice on diagnosis of cow’s milk protein allergy and following a cow’s milk free diet.

Introduction to Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy

Introduction to cow's milk protein allergy

Following a Cow's milk free diet

 Weaning a child with an allergy/ allergies

Advice for professionals on diagnosis of cow’s milk protein allergy, and prescribing of specialist formulas for cow’s milk protein allergy