HENRY provides a range of innovative and evidence-based family support services which fully comply with all relevant NICE guidance, and are underpinned by the successful HENRY approach to behaviour change.
Henry Healthy Families: Right from the Start programme has the strongest evidence base of any national early years child obesity prevention programme in the UK and nearly 10,000 families across England and Wales have now benefited from it.
Building relationships based on trust and respect and doing things in partnership with families rather than to them is central to everything we do. Our strength-based and solution-focused approach helps parents give their children the best start in life by focusing on factors known to be associated with later health and wellbeing. These are:
Extensive independent evaluation and peer-reviewed research studies overwhelmingly demonstrate the sustained positive impact HENRY interventions have on whole-family lifestyle, health, and emotional well-being. These include:
HENRY has the strongest evidence base of any national healthy start initiative in the UK with ‘statistically significant’ sustained changes in parenting, diet, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and lifestyle habits.
Following a rigorous process, the Early Intervention Foundation awarded HENRY the maximum possible effectiveness score for interventions without a published Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT).
HENRY is an innovative intervention to promote a healthy start in life and lay the foundations for a healthier future by focusing on babies and children aged 0-5 and their families. It was originally developed in response to an identified gap: for a practical intervention to deliver the evidence-based messages contained in Professor Mary Rudolf’s report commissioned by the Department of Health in 2009, Tackling obesity through the healthy child programme: a framework for action. Now, it is applicable much more widely than obesity prevention.
The HENRY intervention addresses the research evidence on risk and protective factors for child obesity and a healthy start more widely – including oral health, breastfeeding and school readiness. It adopts a holistic approach which brings together these key factors, focusing on:
This approach is multi-layered and brings together:
HENRY has the strongest evidence base currently available for any UK early intervention programme designed to support a healthy start. Professor Mary Rudolf, paediatrician and expert in child growth, is HENRY’s academic adviser and supports the programme’s ongoing development and evaluation. Long term academic partnerships have enabled robust evaluation and contributed to research knowledge and understanding about successful interventions to tackle lifestyle issues in children. The HENRY programme is now proceeding to Randomised Control Trial (RCT).
Peer-reviewed and published evidence using validated measures shows that HENRY works.
Specifically, it has demonstrated that:
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Statistically significant lifestyle changes made and sustained by families who joined a HENRY programme found by Willis et al (2014 and 2016) include:
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HENRY is currently commissioned in around 35 local authority areas. HENRY has embedded evaluation and delivery processes in place to ensure programme fidelity and outcomes:
HENRY was developed by Professor Mary Rudolf and Candida Hunt, parenting educator and behaviour change specialist. The HENRY approach to supporting families to change entrenched lifestyle and eating habits incorporates proven models of behaviour change: