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Children’s Healthy Weight Team (Hounslow)

A child being measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

We aim to promote healthy weight amongst children and contribute to reducing childhood obesity in the London Borough of Hounslow.

We provide a seamless service to families with children aged 0-19 years who are resident in the borough, or who attend school in Hounslow.

We offer expert advice and information on healthy weight, healthy eating, food and nutrition and active lifestyle tailored to the individuals, families and communities we are working with.

Our services include:

  • Bump ‘n’ Me: a healthy lifestyle service specially tailored for pregnant women.

  • Parent education workshops on healthy lifestyle in children centres and schools in Hounslow.  Workshops provide information for parents learn to create a well balanced diet, understand the correct portion sizes, choose healthier options and reduce sedentary lifestyle  

  • One to one support for families to develop a personalised behaviour change programme through Family Healthy Weight Plan.

  • Education and training for professionals working with children and young people on a range of subjects promoting healthy weight and healthy lifestyle in children such as nutrition, behaviour change, reducing sedentary activity and overall wellbeing.  

  • Coordination of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The programme weighs and measures all 4-5 years olds and 10 – 11 years old in Hounslow and provides parents feedback on their child’s results.

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is an important element of the government’s work programme on childhood obesity, and is operated jointly by the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Education (DfE). The NCMP was established in 2006.

Every year, as part of the NCMP, children in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) have their height and weight measured during the school year to inform local planning and delivery of services for children; and gather population-level surveillance data to allow analysis of trends in growth patterns and obesity.

The NCMP also helps to increase public and professional understanding of weight issues in children and is a useful vehicle for engaging with children and families about healthy lifestyles and weight issues.

You can watch a helpful film aimed at children - which explains what the NCMP is for - by clicking on the 'NCMP film' tab at the top of this page.

Useful links:

A child shopping for healthy fruit with his mother

Healthy weight:

For childhood obesity figures visit:
For more information on the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) visit:

Healthy lifestyles:

For useful websites for information on healthy lifestyles visit:  

  • NHS Choices is an official government website which provides various information, tools and suggestions to encourage individuals and families adopt a healthier lifestyle.

  • Change for life provides information and resources to encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

    The Caroline Walker Trust
     website provides pictorial resources on children’s portion size for different age group (1-4 years, 5-11 years and 12-18 years)

  • Children’s Food Trust website contains information and guidance to help improve food for children and families 

  • Let’s Get Cooking is a national network of cooking clubs for children, families and their communities across England.  The website provides recipes and ideas when cooking with children 

  • Food - a fact of life provides a progressive approach to teaching about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming from 3 to 16 years. The website provides a wealth of free resources to stimulate learning, ensuring that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered

  • Love Food Hate Waste is the ‘Waste Not Want Not’ of the modern day, providing recipes for using up leftovers and handy tips and advice to help all of us waste less food

  • Get Active Hounslow is a local website that provides information on sports and leisure activity in Hounslow

  • Brentford FC Community Sports Trust website has details a variety of sporting, educational and local community events run by the football club


Body Mass Index (BMI) 

It’s helpful to check your child’s BMI every once in a while to see if they are growing healthily.  You can do this using the Healthy Weight tool

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) - explained:

This helpful film is aimed at children to explain about what the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is for and about the benefits of taking part.

The film was produced by award winning television production company, Darrall Macqueen, and stars local children and the trust's very own school nurse, Jane Bradwell.

The clinics run from:

Heart of Hounslow,
92 Bath Road,

The team is based at:

Brentford Health Centre
Boston Manor Road

See the 'Meet the team' tab for the team's contact details.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

Referrals to the Children's Healthy Weight Team can be made by:

  • Self referral
  • Health professional referral 
  • Partner organisation referrals

Buvana Ailoo - Children’s Healthy Weight Lead
Tel: 020 8691 1016

Email: buvana.ailoo@hrch.nhs.uk
Secure email: buvana.ailoo@nhs.net

Kiran Sharma - Children’s Healthy Weight Advisor
Tel: 020 8691 1015
Mobile: 07958157486
Email: kiran.sharma@hrch.nhs.uk
Secure email: kiran.sharm@nhs.net

Gopi Papiah - Children’s Healthy Weight Advisor
Tel: 020 8691 1018
Mobile: 07984109607
Email: gopika.papiah@hrch.nhs.uk
Secure email: g.papiah@nhs.net