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'England on the MEND' in Surrey

Published by Julie Nelson
Public Health Dietitian
Surrey PCT
Telephone 01372 201 626

Surrey PCT has become a partner in the 'England on the MEND' portfolio which will enable 25 MEND programmes to be delivered in Surrey over the next two years the first of which commenced in September 2007.

The people we helped are/were...

Children between 7 - 13 years from 8 boroughs in Surrey who are overweight/obese and their parents/carers

We set up the project because...

The National Child Measurement Programme figures for 2006/2007 show that approximately 27% of Year 6 pupils in Surrey are either overweight or obese.  

The change we want to bring about is...

- To support overweight children (aged 7-13) and their families to make life changes that will improve their health and well-being

- To enable overweight children to increase their physical activity levels

What we are doing

We are one of many sites delivering child weight management programmes across England. We vary from the majority of sites in that we have formed a partnership to deliver programmes across the majority of the county

We chose this method because...

MEND Central have/are continuing to undertake extensive research on the MEND programme. The opportunity to apply to be part of the Big Lottery funded Wellbeing portfolio enabled us to deliver child weight management programmes in Surrey. 

What's happened is...

We have delivered 13 out of the 25 MEND programmes we are contracted to deliver by December  2009

What we'd do differently...

We would have liked to provide programmes in all 11 boroughs in Surrey; we were unable to gain support from partners by the deadline for bids for funding


MEND programmes are evaluated using MEND Central evaluation questionnaires and database. MEND provide a report for each programme.

We ran a pilot MEND programme in 2007 before joining the England on the MEND project; we have written an evaluation report for the pilot.

This project helped to deliver...

NICE Obesity Guidance (2006) states:

- Interventions for childhood overweight and obesity should address lifestyle within the family and in social settings

Surrey Obesity Strategy (2007) recommends the implementation of programmes within the family setting to prevent and manage obesity

Surrey LAA includes NI 56 target to decrease the prevalence of obesity among primary school children in Y6 

The project is now...

We are applying for further funds to deliver programmes in other boroughs in Surrey and to continue in boroughs that have completed their Lottery funded programmes

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Lead Organisation MEND Central
Geographical Area Surrey
Outcomes Improving health, Increasing participation
Beneficiary Age Adults, Children (5-15)
Beneficiary Groups Families, General population
Type of activity  
Primary Theme Healthy Weight
Secondary Themes Change4Life Eating for Health Mental Wellbeing Physical Activity



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