Evaluation of the HENRY Approach Across Wirral: from parents to HENRY facilitators


Wirral Borough Council (£10,000)


Emma Arya-Manesh, Thomas Simcock, Dr Jane McKay and Lynn Sampson

Wirral Borough Council commissioned the University of Chester in 2015 to evaluate the impact of the Healthy Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young (HENRY) Programme. HENRY is an 8-week intervention programme, run through Children’s Centres across Wirral, which takes a holistic approach to preventing obesity by improving parenting skills and well-being alongside promoting healthier lifestyles through nutrition and physical activity. 

Wider concerns nationally about the health impact of obesity (cancer, cardio-vascular disease, diabetes), influenced by a global health crisis in childhood obesity, and the implications this has for healthcare provision throughout the life course, means that the evidence base for targeted interventions is of on-going importance. 

The University of Chester carried out a mixed methods evaluation in 2015, basing its approach on previous studies of the HENRY Programme nationally, between 2008 and 2014. This study focused on the impact of HENRY on parents and families, and the perspectives of facilitators delivering the programme across Wirral.