What is the Healthy Start Programme?
The Healthy Start Programme is a government scheme to help expectant mothers, new parents and their children to eat healthily and get the nutrition they need. People who are eligible get Healthy Start Vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, as well as vouchers every eight weeks for vitamins.
You can register with the Healthy Start Programme if you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4 years old and you or your family is getting:
• Income Support, or
• Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, or
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
• Child Tax Credit (with a family income of £16,190 or less per year), or Universal Credit (with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month)
You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don't get any of these benefits.
What are Healthy Start Vitamins?
Healthy Start Vitamins contain the recommended levels of folic acid and vitamins C and D for pregnant and breastfeeding women and the recommended level of vitamins A, C and D for children aged up to four years.
Where can you get Healthy Start Vitamins?
You can get Healthy Start Vitamins at pharmacies across Sunderland. An NHS list of pharmacies is available from their website.
They are available for everyone to buy and if you are registered with the Healthy Start Programme you get them free.
Please note that opening times may be different from those listed due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Please contact the pharmacy directly to check current opening times.
Pharmacy Bank Holiday opening times for have also been published.
Where can I find out more?
You can find out more about the Healthy Start Programme and Healthy Start Vitamins from your midwife or health visitor or on the Healthy Start website.