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Starting Well

Improving quality of life, right from the start

Giving people the best chance of healthy, happy lives

Compared to the rest of the UK, some of Cheshire & Merseyside’s children and young people face many health challenges. 

More babies in Liverpool are dying before their first birthday and others who survive suffer from poor health.

Data shows some areas of the region have low immunisation levels and high rates of childhood obesity. 

Our Starting Well programme aims to ensure that children and babies born in Cheshire and Merseyside have the best possible start.

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Promoting a healthy lifestyle, mitigating and preventing adversity, promoting positive mental health and tackling chronic inflammatory and infection-related disorders are part of our mission to better the lives of women, children and young people across the region and beyond.

A life course approach is key. Good maternal health increases the chances for a safe delivery and good birth weight; both crucial factors for a positive start to life. 

Promoting a healthy lifestyle decreases the risk of adverse health factors for children as they grow up. 

Liverpool’s goal is to be recognised as a UNICEF Child Friendly City, with politicians, council staff, universities, health providers and others seeking to ensure children’s rights are reflected in policies, programmes and budgets.

There are projects in the following research fields to get involved in:

  • Obesity
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Prematurity
  • Vaccinations
  • Chronic conditions, diabetes etc
  • Health inequalities across the life course

The Starting Well programme runs a variety of workshops throughout the year to establish and develop potential collaborations partnerships. 

We would be very interested in hearing your ideas and thoughts regarding a potential collaboration.

This programme over the life course

Good maternal health increases the chances for a safe delivery and good birth weight; both crucial factors of a good start to life. Improving the health of pregnant women often leads to babies having the best, healthiest starts to their lives.

Starting Well

Promoting a healthy lifestyle for pregnant women decreases the risk of adverse health factors for the baby. Improving the health of pregnant women often leads to babies having the best, healthiest starts to their lives.

Living Well

What happens in pregnancy and early childhood has lasting impacts on physical and emotional health throughout the baby’s life. Investing in early years services results in better early cognitive and non-cognitive development, meaning better educational outcomes for children later in life.

Ageing Well

What happens in pregnancy and early childhood has lasting impacts on physical and emotional health throughout the baby’s life. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds often face early mortality in adult life, reinforcing that good maternal and child health is crucial for ageing well.

The LHP Team

Professor Michael BeresfordProgramme Director for Starting WellLHPadmin@liverpool.ac.uk
Professor Colin MorganDeputy Director for Starting WellLHPadmin@liverpool.ac.uk
Dr Carianne HuntProgramme Manager for Starting WellCarianne.Hunt@liverpool.ac.uk