Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids
March 04, 2012

Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids, launched in 2010, is a partnership between Coal & Allied, the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.


It’s a grass roots, community owned program designed by local researchers to tackle obesity by helping fathers to lose weight with their children. Low cost programs based on the best research and evidence can make a sustained difference in regional communities.


The program is being rolled out in communities across the Upper Hunter Valley and Newcastle and focuses on weight loss, healthy eating, and physical activity sessions designed to help dads and their children bond.


155 fathers and 252 children have so far participated in the Upper Hunter. More than 50 fathers and 70 children have also participated in Newcastle.


Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids participants David Jones and son Jack from Medowie 648 x 440

Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids participants David Jones and son Jack from Medowie.


Follow up monitoring from baseline measures show the program has been highly successful in the Upper Hunter and Newcastle. The program has been awarded the ‘Best Research in Public Health and Policy’ at the quadrennial International Congress on Obesity in Sweden. The award is judged by an international scientific committee and peer voting with more than 100 international projects entered.


The program has also been recognised by Sports Medicine Australia with the ‘ASICS Medal for Best Paper Overall’ and the ‘ASICS Best Paper Award – Health Promotion’ ahead of more than 500 other research presentations at its national Be Active conference.

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