If you are a patient, carer or member of the public who lives in Northamptonshire and are interested in supporting the work of NHS Nene CCG – why not become a member?
This would enable us to work together to develop new and improved health services for local people. Please complete our simple on-line application form here.
Healthy Start is a UK–wide government scheme to support and improve the health of pregnant women and families on low income.
There is growing evidence to suggest that nutrition during pregnancy and in the early years of a child’s life can help prepare them for healthy adulthood. Healthy Start supports good nutrition through vouchers for fresh and plain frozen fruit and vegetables, milk and infant formula and vouchers for women’s and children’s vitamins. Families registered with the scheme also receive lots of information about subjects like healthy eating, breastfeeding, vitamin supplements and nutrition for pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children.mes.
The Healthy Start voucher and vitamin scheme is available to women who are more than ten weeks pregnant and families with children under 4 years old, if the family is receiving:
Income support or
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, or
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless the family is receiving Working Tax Credit run-on only*) and an annual family income of£16,190 or less in 2010/11.
Women also qualify for the whole of their pregnancy if they are under 18 when they apply, even if they don’t get any of the above benefits or tax credits.
For more information on why vitamins are important for children and pregnant and postnatal women please click here.
For more information and to find out how to apply please visit: www.healthystart.nhs.uk, phone the Healthy Start helpline on 0845 607 6823 or talk to your midwife or health visitor.
The Healthy Start website includes information on healthy eating and advice on what vitamins you should be taking which is open to all and not just those who qualify for the voucher scheme.