Healthy Families, Healthy Kids – the evaluation of a family-centered, group-based program for wellness

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Childhood health, and the lifestyle behaviours that determine it, extend into adulthood. Although education of parents is a key method by which childhood wellness can be promoted, it may be that traditional health education is insufficient to change behaviour. Families desire practical and collaborative support to implement recommendations. The health and well-being of the caregiver has a tremendous impact on the health of the child; family-centered care considers the importance of this concept and emphasizes support for the caregiver(s). Models exist for family-centered group-setting programs that successfully deliver key messages of healthy lifestyle promotions. In addition to promoting the immediate and future health of the individual child, family-centered care may promote wellness, happiness and cohesiveness within the family.

Participant responsibilities:

Each participating family will attend a group-based session for two hours every week for a total of six sessions. Study dates are every week, Monday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. starting March 3. Sessions will be interactive, practical and designed to deliver information and strategies to promote wellness of the children of the family. Each family is expected to participate for all six sessions of the program. Each family will be asked to complete a survey prior to beginning the study, within two weeks following the last session, and again six months after completing the program.

Eligibility requirements:

Families with at least one child aged 0-6 years of age.

Location of study:

CCNM, 1255 Sheppard Ave East, Toronto; Various Early Years Centres in GTA

Duration:

Six weeks

Remuneration:

Six weeks, plus a survey after six months

More details:

Study dates: Every week, Monday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. starting March 3. This program is currently scheduled to be offered in partnership with the Early Years Centers of Don Valley West and Scarborough. Please contact lsolomonian@ccnm.edu if you are interested in being notified of future dates.

Contact:

Leslie Solomonian: lsolomonian@ccnm.edu
Telephone: 647.557.6111 ext. 393

Status: 
Recruiting
 

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