FOR HEALTH: A family-oriented Healthy Eating, Activity and Lifestyle Training with Hands-on experience for preschool children with unhealthy weights.
The prevalence of childhood obesity in Canada has increased five-fold over the previous 15 years, with 26% of all Canadian children aged 2-17 years being overweight or obese and 9% being obese. Also, about 12% of U.S. preschool children aged 2-5 already are obese. Significant health risks are linked to obesity in children and adults, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, liver and gall bladder disease, respiratory problems including asthma, orthopaedic issues, as well as some cancers.
FOR HEALTH is a novel 6-month, family-centred, community-based intervention to support families with preschoolers (2 years 9 months - 6 years old) with unhealthy weights. FOR HEALTH aims to help participating families to develop a healthy lifestyle within their daily routines by providing hands-on experiences to increase nutritional knowledge, physical activity levels, and self-esteem.
Contact: Wendy Madarasz, BSc, MPE, RD
FOR HEALTH Registered Dietitian and Research Assistant
Phone: (519) 685-8500 ext. 56816
Fax: (519) 685-8499