The HYHD program includes face-to-face sessions and a home based program. The dads and youngsters also receive a range of resources including an activity folder, dads-only workshop booklet, HYHD t-shirts and drink bottles.
1) The face-to-face sessions include:
- 2 x ‘dads-only’ information workshops (2 x 2hours)
- 8 x ‘dads-and-youngsters’ practical sessions (1.5 hours/week)
During the dads-only workshops, fathers are taught evidenced-based parenting strategies to improve their youngster’s physical activity level, eating habits, social-emotional well-being and sport skills. These workshops are held on Thursday evenings, between 6-8pm prior to session 1 and 2 of the ‘dads-and-youngsters’ sessions.
The dads and their youngsters attend weekly sessions together at the University of Newcastle. These sessions usually run on a Saturday morning between 8am-1pm, and are broken up into 2 components:
- A 20-minute educational session on the weekly theme (e.g. rough and tumble play, fruit, vegetables, sport skills, screen time etc.)
- A fun and active 55-minute practical session
Mothers and siblings are also invited to attend a session in week 5 and participate in the program together as a family.
2) Home-based program
The home-based program provides additional opportunities for dads and youngsters to be active together and practice key messages about healthy eating, physical activity and social and emotional wellbeing skills learnt in sessions. The home-based program includes an activity folder with a range of engaging activities dads and their youngsters can do to improve their health at home.
The activity folder includes three sections to be completed after each HYHD session:
- Home tasks sheet; dads and their youngsters complete a range of tasks, including reviewing goals, recording steps, completing weekly dad tasks etc.
- Home challenges; dads and their youngsters are encouraged to complete at least 1 of the 12 weekly activities at home. These activities focus on the theme of the week (e.g. rough and tumble play, vegetables, physical activity etc.)
- Sport skills practice; activities showcasing two different sport skills that can be practiced at home each week (e.g. catch, kick, overhand throw etc.)