Hearty Lives Bristol
by the University of Bristol found that diverse interests, busy
family lives and bad weather are preventing families from being
Working in partnership with NHS Bristol and Bristol City Council, we invested
£100,000 in helping children’s centres
throughout the city to encourage families to adopt healthier
lifestyles. The project ended in 2012.
Young children and their parents in Bristol were encouraged to
be more active and eat healthily through:
- training children centre staff to provide free family
- helping to develop active travel options to encourage families
to walk and cycle
- providing free healthy cooking classes including a number of
themed classes, such as Christmas meals or cooking South
What we achieved
Hearty Lives funding first provided Bristol with a health
promotion specialist for early years. However, NHS Bristol
soon secured permanent funding for the post, meaning that the
Hearty Lives funding could be used to develop resources and
The training included: ·
This scheme gave parents skills training in cookery. A total of 61
people participated in five different Children’s Centres’ in areas
of greatest need in the city
- Food for Thought
This was a cookery pilot specifically for child minders. The
sessions aimed to promote an awareness of healthy nutrition for
children, provide practical ideas for child-minders and encourage
the involvement of children in food preparation.
- Get up and Go
The project involved a series of physical activity
workshops to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of two
separate cohorts of early years’ practitioners in Bristol.
At the end of the project, there had been a small decline in the
proportion of pupils that were obese or overweight. However, it is
too soon to tell whether this was a direct result of the
The Hearty Lives Bristol project initially planned to target
only 10 Children’s Centres. In the end, the project's reach
extendedto include all early years’ settings in Bristol.
The training and resources developed are now widely available.
In addition the project has contributed to the development of local
guidelines for children aged 0-5, helping ensure that Early
years teams in Bristol continue to promote good nutrition and
increase physical activity in years to come.
For more information about Hearty Lives Bristol please contact
Area Development Manager Sue Pritchard on email@example.com.