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Healthy Start

Healthy Start is here to help you give your family the very best start in life.

Healthy Start food vouchers

If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. This important means-tested scheme provides vouchers to spend with local retailers.

Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.

The vouchers can be spent on milk, plain fresh or frozen fruit and veg, and infant formula milk at your local shops and supermarkets. You cannot use the vouchers to get fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables that has added salt, fat, sugar or any other ingredient. For example, you cannot use them to purchase pre-cooked, dried or tinned fruit and vegetables, fruit juice or smoothies.

For more information on healthy eating for pregnancy women, infants and new mums, please visit First Step Nutrition.

Free Healthy Start vitamins  

As part of the Healthy Start scheme in Islington all pregnant women, mums with a baby under 1 year, women trying to get pregnant, and children under 4 years can receive free vitamin supplements regardless of income. The vitamins contain the recommended amount of vitamin D for mums and infants.

They are available at all children’s centre sites in Islington, as well as the community receptions at the following health centres:

  • Finsbury Health Centre

  • Goodinge Health Centre

  • Highbury Grange Health Centre

  • Holloway Community Health Centre

  • Hornsey Rise Health Centre

  • Northern Health Centre

  • River Place Health Centre

Healthy Start vitamins are also available from the health visiting teams at Bingfield Health Centre and Hanley Primary Care Centre. Please speak to your midwife or health visitor who will be able to give you more information and help you sign-up to Healthy Start.

For more information please visit the Healthy Start website.