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Family Shape Up

Family Shape Up is a free 12-week healthy lifestyle group programme for 6-13 year olds who are above their ideal weight. Each child needs to be accompanied by an adult family member and siblings are welcome to join in too!

We guide and help your family learn about healthy eating through fun activities and offer practical tips on topics such as food portion sizes, food labelling and building healthier habits for the whole family.

Friendly activity leaders are there to support and encourage the children to join in with games and promote physical activity in a fun and safe environment.

What to expect

The 12 week Family Shape Up programme consists of 11 weekly sessions, each lasting 1½ hours followed by a final individual appointment to review your progress and discuss any further support. The sessions include 45 minutes learning about healthy eating through fun activities, followed by 45 minutes of games for the children alongside discussion time for the parents and carers.

Expect a fun, relaxed and supportive group environment where you can share ideas and practical tips for the whole family.

We provide you with up-to-date, evidence-based information on healthy eating and provide you with the tools to help your family need for a healthier lifestyle.

Our help and support doesn't end when you have finished your Family Shape Up programme. We offer a six and 12 month follow up appointments, information about local activities and Family Shape Up in the Kitchen cookery course.


Family Shape Up programmes take place regularly at the Brighthelm Community Centre on North Road near Brighton Station (see map). Programmes are also held at varying locations outside the city centre throughout the year including the American Express stadium which starts this April. Have a look at upcoming programme dates and locations. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to register your interest and we will contact you to discuss the options or simply call us on 01273 431703.

Get started

Use the BMI calculator below to check if your child is a healthy weight (not suitable for those under 2).

If the calculator shows that your child is above an ideal weight, and they are 6-13 years old, your family is eligible for our free weight management services. Please complete the form and we will contact you to discuss the options available or call us to discuss on 01273 431 703.

If your child is not eligible for our services, but you are still concerned about their weight, or want further information about healthy eating, we recommend the resources on the NHS website.



I can move faster now and I have more energy and feel happier about myself.

Participant (age 6)

I had my reservations before attending because I thought we were already eating a healthy diet, but we have learnt so much and the whole family is now eating more healthily.


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