The ’10 Steps to a Healthier You!’ is a free, three-class series for parents and caregivers that provides strategies for implementing healthy habits in the home through the delivery of upstream messages with the intent of providing primary prevention of childhood and adolescent obesity. The primary program outcome is that attendees of the class series experience change in attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge as a direct result of the content provided during the health education classes, which leads to their sustained healthy behavior change.
In partnership with Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System‘s Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center (PHLC), Healthier Kids Foundation worked in conjunction with PHLC staff to take their successful invention strategies used in a clinical setting and move them into a primary childhood obesity prevention model for a broader community. The curricula for the three-class series is based on The Expert Committee Recommendations Regarding the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity” (Pediatrics Vol. 120 Supplement December 2007, p. S164-S192).
Class 1: ’10 Steps to a Healthier You!’
Class content focuses on lifestyle habits rather than body shape or weight; presents PHLC’s ‘10 Steps to a Healthier You’ lifestyle recommendations; introduces the concept of trick
foods; presents visuals to demonstrate the amount of sugar and fat in processed foods; provides shopping strategies to facilitate bringing only healthy foods into the home; reviews and discusses the need to make lifestyle changes as a family; and reviews and discusses the process of behavior change.
Class 2: Structures and Routines
Class content focuses on an experiential approach to establishing structure in the home specifically related to mealtime and bedtime routines to support the implementation of the ’10 Steps to a Healthier You’ lifestyle recommendations; engages in activities that help families create and sustain routines; and discusses strategies for establishing effective communication between parents/caregivers and children and collaborative problem solving skills.
Class 3: ‘5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater’
Class content focuses on the Division of Responsibility for feeding young children with an expanded curriculum that includes an experiential component where participants experience the child’s perspective of being restricted or forced to eat.
The 10 Steps to a Healthier You’ three‐class series launched in December 2014. Each class is two hours in length for a total of six hours of education. The classes are in English and Spanish and are available at locations throughout Santa Clara County.Free child supervision is provided to all parents and caregivers who attend the classes.
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