Our programmes


Poster detailing the work of the Healthy Start Workforce Project
Poster detailing the work of the Healthy Start Workforce Project (click to see a PDF)

The Healthy Start Professional Development team is proud to offer these free workforce development programmes for health practitioners, health promoters, and educators.

 

Our programmes aim to improve knowledge about the role of good nutrition and physical activity prior to conception, during pregnancy and in infancy to help reduce health risks later in life, in particular heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and some cancers. 


They also provide health professionals with skills to support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity. 

 

Our programmes:
 

  • The Healthy Start Education Programme  (online course)
    Explores the scientific evidence showing how good nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy and early childhood can influence long-term health outcomes and reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.

  • Alcohol and tobacco exposure during early life: impacts on fetus and child explains  (online course)
    Provides the learner with the tools and knowledge to be effective in explaining that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco or alcohol in pregnancy. Explores the scientific evidence around how these substaces interfere with fetal development and the risks of using this substances in pregnancy. 

  • Healthy Conversation Skills training (both in person nationwide worshops and live online)
    Enhances skills to support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity. We offer this training both as an in-person one day workshop or as a remote learning two-part training - facilitated live online via Zoom web conferencing with a Healthy Conversation Skills trained facilitator.   

These programmes are complementary. The e-learning education programmes provide participants with detailed knowledge about why nutrition and physical activity in the early years matters so much to life-long health.  Healthy Conversation Skills workshops teach participants how to support clients to plan for and make lasting lifestyle changes for sustainable long-term health.   

 

Taken separately or together, these programmes aim to support health professionals with additional tools to use in daily practice with women and families.  Both courses also aim to increase confidence and job satisfaction. 
 

Some of the courses qualify for professional development points for midwives, nurses and GPs.  Find out more about this in the links below. 

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Please note Healthy Start Profesional Development used to be called Healthy Start Workforce Project, go to our home page to learn more. Some of our older resources may include our old name.
 

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