Introducing a family-based, ‘made in BC’ childhood healthy weights early intervention program
Healthy weights in children and youth continue to be a priority in BC. The Province has provided funding to the Childhood Obesity Foundation to develop a prototype ‘made in BC’ early intervention program.
The Family Healthy Living Program is a FREE, fun, interactive program for families whose children are between ages 8 to 12 and are above the 85th percentile BMI-for-age. The program uses a lifestyle behaviour approach for promoting healthy weights in children and youth.
Topics covered include:
- Introduction to healthy eating and active living
- Setting goals and using effective rewards
- Healthy body image and self-esteem, managing stress and active living for everybody
- Creating positive family mealtimes and physical activity experiences
- Family, food, and getting active outdoors
- Positive parenting
- Cooking and playing together
This 10-week program includes a two-hour introductory Healthy Living Workshop and nine 1.5 hour weekly sessions. Families also have access to a family web portal with additional information and activities for the week. At the completion of the program, participants will have access to four additional maintenance sessions.
The new Family Healthy Living Program is community-based and aligns with existing childhood healthy weights programs e.g., Shapedown BC and the HealthLinkBC Eating and Activity Program for Kids.
The prototype program will be piloted in 10 communities and in all health regions in fall 2018. The prototype program will be evaluated by University of Victoria researchers.