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Alive 'N' Kicking

Alive 'N' Kicking
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Publication year 2013
Date entered into repository14 January 2013
Alive ‘N’ Kicking is a specialist children’s and young people’s weight management/obesity programme which adheres to best practice as proposed in the NICE guidelines. The core of our programme is behavioural change using appropriate goals and an approach which is delivered in a supportive and empathetic way. The programme involves the whole family 
and aims to promote a healthier lifestyle for families with overweight children in the UK. The programme workshops and activity sessions educate families on the importance of healthy eating and increasing activity levels, providing the support and guidance needed to empower families to make healthier lifestyle choices.Parents are also invited to lose weight, and this is also a very successful feature of the programme, with over half the parents losing weight alongside their child. 
What did you do? Briefly describe what was involved in your case study
Alive 'N' Kicking is currently commissioned by six Primary Care Trusts. We deliver the programme in the following areas: Sutton & Merton, Luton, Suffolk, Bristol, Hull and St Helens and Halton.  The programme supports and empowers parents and children from 2-19 years old to adopt healthy eating practices, increase physical activity levels, reduce sedentary behaviour and build self esteem. 
Each programme lasts 12 weeks and families are asked to attend for two 
one-hour 15 minute sessions per week (once a week for Toddlers). Families take part in education sessions, physical activities and behavioural change workshops aimed at removing barriers to change and improving self-esteem.  The programme requires families to complete fun challenges together and provides behaviour change support techniques, such as fruit & vegetable and activity diaries or reward charts, and how to work together as a family to problem solve.   
What was the outcome/result of your case study?
A full review of the Programme Evaluation is available on request. The below information is from the most recent cohorts passing through the programme in all age categories (approxiametly 1000 children pa).   A summary of the full report below shows that Alive ‘N’ Kicking is effective in helping families lose and maintain a healthy weight. 
Alive ‘N’ Kicking is achieving the following weight loss KPI’s across all programmes: 
•>90% of completers decrease their BMIz score from baseline at week 12 
•80% of completers decrease their waist circumference over 12 weeks 
•>80% children maintain weight at 24 weeks 
•>50% of parents also lose weight during the 12 week programme 
•70% of children increased their fruit and vegetable consumption 
•75% of completers report achieving 60 minutes of activity every day compared to 5% before the start of the programme. 
Has an evaluation of the project occurred?
Yes, we have completed an internal evaluation and all data published in this evaluation report is independently verified by existing Primary Care Trust clients.
More informationAlive 'N' Kicking
  • Children
  • Commissioing
  • Education
  • Food/nutrition
  • Intervention/treatment
  • Physical activity
  • Obesity
What audience is your case study relevant to?
  • Health Professional
  • Local government
  • Voluntary/Community Sector