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MEND offers free, evidence-based obesity prevention and treatment programmes in the local community for children aged 2-13. Established in 2004, the MEND Programme was devised by child obesity experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the University College London Institute of Child Health, to help children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier. MEND works with local, regional and national partners to deliver over 400 programmes across the world which have benefitted over 20,000 families. In addition to MEND's healthy lifestyle programmes for children and their families, MEND offers class room resources, obesity management training for front-line staff and facilitated self-help programmes for adults. An independent study published in Obesity Journal in February found that children who attended the MEND Programme experienced long-term health benefits, including sustained weight loss and improvements in cardiovascular fitness and self-esteem.
The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is an evidence-based oral language intervention for children in nursery and reception who show weakness in their oral language skills and who are therefore at risk of experiencing difficulty with reading. It is delivered over 30 weeks by teaching assistants in groups of 3-4 children.
Developed in 2005 and first run as a pilot in 2006, the programme's objectives were:
1) To provide young people with facts about alcohol
2) To raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking
3) To delay the onset of regular drinking among those who are under the legal drinking age
Oral Health Prevention Program is a community-based preventive approach for improving oral health in preschool children. The program was implemented in Vorarlberg, Austria by providing new mothers with dental health counseling. Qualified dental health educators visited all mothers who gave birth in regional hospitals in Vorarlberg, Austria, counseling them regarding the oral health of their children. The single visit took place while mothers were still in the hospital. Mothers were given comprehensive oral hygiene instructions for their children and themselves, which included practical toothbrush training and dietary counseling by the use of brief motivational interviewing and anticipatory guidance approaches.
After 5 years, a case-cohort study was conducted to evaluate the program with annual check-ups of 471 children and parents survey. Dental caries was scored using WHO diagnostic criteria. Children whose mothers participated in the oral health promotion program showed significantly lower caries prevalence and experience than children whose mothers did not participate.
The Opstap Opnieuw programme is a home-based intervention developed from the Israeli Home Instruction Programme for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) for the Dutch context. The two-year programme aims to improve the cognitive and language skills, numeracy, mother-child interactions, and socio-emotional development of young children, aged 4 to 6, who are at risk of early academic failure based on low socio-economic background or ethnic minority status. The programme materials were particularly developed for Turkish and Moroccan families, in their native languages. The programme consists of a structured “curriculum” of short-term goals and related activities that increase in complexity over time. The curriculum is presented in textual and pictorial weekly instructions and worksheets along with supplemental materials such as audiotapes and pencils, totalling 150 planned 20-minute activities for 30 weeks of the year, for two years. The mothers are supported by paraprofessional aides who were also mothers from the local and ethnic community. The paraprofessionals visit the families biweekly while the programme was in session to give instruction, support, monitor that program activities were taking place, and monitor the progress of the mother and child. A few paraprofessionals conducted meetings of a small group of mothers instead of visiting their homes. There are additionally monthly group meetings for participating mothers to provide information about authoritative, emotionally supportive, sensitive-responsive mother-child interaction styles. The program was developed in the Netherlands in the 1990’s and continues to operate today. The program is operated by the Averroès Foundation.