The Scottish Government has set a national target to reduce the rate of increase in the proportion of children out with the healthy weight range by 2014. This is underpinned by an NHS HEAT Target (HEAT 3).
Max in the Middle and Max in the Class
In Forth Valley the HEAT 3 Target has been delivered primarily through the Max in the Middle and Max in the Class programmes designed by the Health Promotion Services’ INTERACT team. This work complements ongoing work to support the Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing experiences and outcomes
The Max programmes are innovative schools based child health interventions using interactive health promotion to deliver potentially life long health benefits to local children in Forth Valley. The programmes aim to empower and educate primary school children in relation to healthy eating, physical activity and life choice using a non- judgmental whole class approach which is memorable, exciting and non- stigmatising.
The Max in the Middle intervention is a one week ‘whole class’ programme for primary 6 or 7 which delivers 18 hours of experiential learning on health and well being, promoting enthusiasm and parental engagement and limiting stigmatisation. Dance and drama specialists work in small teams with the class teacher.
The Max in the Class intervention is focused on staff development for primary 5 and 6 teachers who are then supported in co-creating an eight session intervention that will be incorporated into the ongoing Curriculum.
Max in the Middle uses internal evaluation and short loop learning to continuously evolve and improve.
Recent evaluation documents are available below:
- Extended Max – Final Report 18 June 2010
- Max in the Middle – April 2007 Project Review
- Max in the Middle – Eating for Health Food Session
- Max in the Middle Programme Evaluation – March 2009
- My Gran thinks it’s changed me – An Evaluation of Max in the Middle – October 2008
Useful Web Sites
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