Healthy Start for Families

Healthy Start for Families is an enhanced version of the Healthy Start program for parents, guardians and and your children aged 0-5 years (siblings are welcome.) The program consists of a series of interactive, kid-friendly activity and cooking sessions, offered free of charge at your participating childcare centre or local family resource centre.

At the sessions you’ll gain practical ideas for encouraging healthy eating and active play with your children.

Benefits of Healthy Start for Families

  • Try new healthy recipes
  • Tips for “picky eaters”
  • Simple ideas for active play
  • Learn from other parents

Delivery Methods

Childcare Centre Delivery (Saskatchewan only)

If your childcare centre has received a Healthy Start training and would like to engage parents, this is for you! You will receive customizable sessions delivered directly in your centre.

Family Resource Centre Delivery (Saskatchewan and New Brunswick only)

Healthy Start for Families is also for parents who are looking for a health and wellness program delivered in a local family resource centre. This is a unique opportunity for you and your child to learn about healthy eating and active play together!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Healthy Start for families?

  • An evidence-based program developed and piloted by the University of Saskatchewan and Healthy Start team
  • A family-centred health and wellness initiative both for children and primary caregivers that stems from the Healthy Start initiative developed in Saskatchewan.
  • The goal is to provide increased opportunities to promote healthy eating and physical activity for children, parents and families in early learning settings, including childcare centres and pre-kindergarten programs.
  • Promotes bonding and quality time with children through family role modelling activities.

Who can participate in Healthy Start for families?

  • Recruitment of parents from a participating Healthy Start centre or home childcare site
  • Any interested parent participating in regular programming at a Family resource centre

Why is Healthy Start for Families important?

  • It is possible that for the first time in modern history that children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents due to increasing prevalence and severity of childhood obesity (Daniels, 2006).
  • Canada is facing a childhood obesity epidemic, 1 in 4 children are either overweight or obese (Govt. of Canada).
  • The over-consumption of sugary beverages (e.g. soft drinks, fruit-flavoured juice, and energy/sports drinks) and increased screen time/sedentary lifestyle are linked to childhood obesity.
  • The role of parents and caregivers is what sets a foundation for healthy habits. Creating healthy role models is essential to improving the health and wellness of young children.

What does delivery in a childcare centre look like?

  • Three weekly sessions are delivered free of charge in the childcare centre
  • Fun-filled, interactive and culturally-relevant
  • Easy, child-focused cooking and active play activities for parent and child
  • Healthy eating and physical activity/literacy resources are shared
  • An assortment of fun materials in our Active Play Equipment (APE) kit
  • Simple, healthy food item(s) or snacks to sample at each session

What does delivery in a family resource centre look like?

  • Specialized workshops are delivered in a Family resource centre
  • The Family resource centre decides how many sessions will be offered
  • Fun-filled, interactive and culturally-relevant
  • Easy, child-focused cooking and active play activities for parent and child
  • Family-focused healthy eating and physical activity/literacy resources
  • An assortment of fun materials in our Active Play Equipment (APE) kit
  • Simple, healthy food item(s) or snacks to sample at each session

How do I participate in Healthy Start for families?

  • To register please sign up for one of the session options. A Healthy Start coordinator will get back to you.

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