LEFF (Lifestyle, Energy, Fun & Friends) intervention program for obese and overweight children effective

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has acknowledged the effectiveness of the intervention program LEFF.

LEFF (Lifestyle, Energy, Fun & Friends) is a 10-week combined lifestyle intervention for children aged 7-13 years. The program aims to inspire children who are above a healthy weight to become and stay fitter and healthier together with their parents.

The LEFF program is developed by the VU Amsterdam and based on the MEND programme, developed in the UK. Sanne Niemer (Project manager at the VU Department of Health Sciences, section Youth and Lifestyle, Care for Obesity project) is the LEFF project manager: ‘’The unique thing about LEFF is the positive approach, building confidence and the focus a long term behavioural change.’’

LEFF is one of the few programs in the Netherlands in the field of obese and overweight treatment that is assessed as effective. This assessment resulted in inclusion of LEFF in the RIVM Healthy Living intervention database and the healthy and active living database of the Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands.

Source: https://www.amsterdamresearch.org/web/public-health/news-1/tonen-op-amsterdam-public-health/leff-lifestyle-energy-fun-friends-intervention-program-for-obese-and-overweight-children-effective.htm 
Sanne Niemer