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Healthy Start Champions

The Healthy Start Champions project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

Healthy Start is a UK-wide government scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families on benefits and tax credits.  

In Tower Hamlets, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have children under 4 years of age qualify for the Healthy Start scheme if the family is eligible for benefits.

The Healthy Start outreach project was coordinated by WHFS (Women’s Health and Family Services). 12 local women were trained to provide information and support on the benefits of Vitamin D and Healthy Start Vitamins during pregnancy, and for breastfeeding women and their young children. The Healthy Start Champions ran workshops and information stalls to promote Vitamin D and Healthy Start Vitamins in order to ensure that local women, particularly those at greatest risk of Vitamin D deficiency, had knowledge of all options available to them; and felt empowered to make their own decisions regarding their own and their family’s health. 

The outreach project also aimed to build links between public health, midwifery services, health visitors and the voluntary and community sector developing positive working relationships to ensure the best possible outcomes for women, particularly those at greatest risk of Vitamin D deficiency and their families.

The 12 ‘Vitamin D/Healthy Start  Champion’ volunteers ran outreach sessions across Tower Hamlets in locations that included Healthy Early Years accredited venues, schools, children’s centres, mosques, the Idea Store Whitechapel and community venues.  The project ended in January 2013.

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