Healthy Start is the Government welfare food scheme. Healthy Start supports young and low income pregnant women and families with children under the age of 4 years in the UK.
The Healthy Start scheme is UK wide but is managed by The Department of Health in England. Information about the scheme, and about healthy eating, aimed at both health professionals and parents, is provided on the Healthy Start website.
The UK Healthy Start scheme
This report looks at the Healthy Start welfare food scheme in the UK which started in 2006, considers what has happened to the scheme, whether it has met its goals and what we think needs to happen to make it fit for purpose moving forward. It includes a number of recommendations for policy makers and for those working in local areas and we hope that these are useful for local discussion and future national policy discussions.
First Steps Nutrition Trust has put together a resource to guide professionals on making the most of this valuable government initiative
Making the most of Healthy Start
A practical guide (2017)
This updated report provides guidance to health professionals on the Healthy Start scheme, and how to support those eligible for vitamin coupons and food vouchers.
The resource includes information about how to create simple, tasty family meals which incorporate the fruit, vegetables and milk that can be purchased with Healthy Start food vouchers. It also includes advice on buying and cooking food on a budget and aims to provide both those who manage the scheme and those who benefit from it with useful information on how families can eat well.