This site provides details on eligibility for Healthy Start, an online application form and information on where Healthy Start vouchers can be spent. Additionally, it provides links for practitioners to order hard copies of Healthy Start application forms and Department of Health leaflets on the scheme.
This guide provides:
Information on the Healthy Start scheme and what can be bought with the Healthy Start food vouchers
Recipes for family meals, with photos of appropriate portion sizes for infants, children and adults
Simple ideas for eating well on a budget, and
Ideas for complementary food and finger foods for infants from 6 months of age
This book provides a range of recipes that include ingredients that can be bought with Healthy Start vouchers. Recipes include photos of portion sizes for infants, children and adults.
What does the Healthy Start scheme aim to do?
Using Healthy Start food vouchers to support eating well
What can you buy with Healthy Start food vouchers
Tips for keeping food shopping costs down
A simple guide to choosing infant formula and milks for infants and young children
This short guide for professionals that deliver the Healthy Start scheme introduces the concept of journey mapping and provides a journey mapping checklist and model that can support local areas to enhance practice in the delivery of Healthy Start.
This guidance provides expert advice on how Healthy Start should be used to support low-income families.
Healthy Start was evaluated for the first time in 2013. The following three links will take you to the evaluation reports and an article based on one of the evaluations.
Lucas, P.J., Jessiman, T., Cameron, A., Wiggins, M. & Austerberry, K.H.C. 2013, "Healthy Start Vouchers Study: The Views and Experiences of Parents, Professionals and Small Retailers in England", University of Bristol, Bristol.
McFadden, A., Fox-Rushby, J., Green, J.M., Williams, V., Pokhrel, S., McLeish, J., McCormick, F., Anokye, N., Dritsaki, M. & McCarthy, R. 2013, Healthy Start: Understanding the use of vitamins and vouchers, University of Dundee. Dundee
Jessiman, T., Cameron, A., Wiggins, M. & Lucas, P.J. 2013, "A qualitative study of uptake of free vitamins in England", Archives of Disease in Childhood. Vol.98. Issue 8
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