12 February 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Healthy beginnings

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Hosted by WeLearnOutLoud using #allourhealth

This chat is guest hosted by @PHE_uk

Setting the foundations for health and wellbeing starts in the early years and childhood, including adolescence  – this means working with children, families and communities to improve health literacy.

The Healthy beginnings: apply All Our Health guidance states that healthcare professionals can have an impact on an individual level through the following actions:

  • “providing public health protective and preventive advice and interventions as part of antenatal care pathway
  • supporting smoke-free pregnancy:national guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence(NICE) outlines interventions to support quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth
  • giving advice on nutrition and physical exercise; energy needs do not change in the first 6 months of pregnancy and increase only slightly in the last 3 months, by around 200 calories per day
  • giving advice on folic acid and vitamin supplements
  • giving advice that when planning a pregnancy and whilst pregnant the safest approach is not to drink alcohol UK Chief Medical Officers’ alcohol guidelines review
  • giving encouragement to be physically active during pregnancy
  • leading the delivery of the HealthyChild Programme and health visitors 4 5 6 model
  • providing interventions in the Six Early Years High Impact Areas which focus on the areas having the biggest impact on a child’s life
  • working in partnership with parents to develop a shared understanding of the things that matter most to the family; using active listening skills and a non-judgmental, asset-based approach when working with parents and encouraging parents to talk about their feelings and develop their own goals and plans to improve their health and wellbeing
  • supporting parents in their decision making and ensuring they have accurate information
  • early identification of perinatal mental health problems; providing evidence-based interventions and signposting to specialist support where needed using NICE guidance on postnatal depression

(PHEHealthy beginnings: applying All OurHealth)

Questions we will be asking:

  • What can we do to set the foundations for health and wellbeing in the early years and childhood, including adolescence?
  • What strategies can we employ to work with children, families and communities to improve health literacy? Even if this is not our direct role?
  • What can you do in your role to recognise the importance of the early years and to promote health and wellbeing with children?
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