The rationale for the project is the increasing concern about the rise of childhood obesity and the implications of such obesity persisting into adulthood. The epidemic is the result of the changing social, economic, cultural and physical environments, which have created barriers to good nutrition and physical activity. With the ever increasing levels of obesity, and the lack of services for those already overweight, the urgency of interventions and preventative measures are paramount for patient care.
A range of outcomes are embedded within the programme focusing on the three key areas of:
The programme recognises the importance of engaging parents, and providing them with fun and stimulating sessions that will enthuse them to return week after week. It is crucial that parents take learning from the programme sessions and apply them within the home setting through a whole family approach.
Three bespoke illustrated story books, with accompanying puppets, support the delivery of this programme. The key content areas of the programme are reflected within the storybooks, reinforcing healthy lifestyle choices for both children and parents. The story books also support the early language development goals of the Northern Ireland Pre-School Curriculum.