Over eight weeks, fathers and youngsters attend weekly 75 minute sessions of the Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads program together. Sessions usually run on a Saturday morning during the school term. Fathers also attend two 'Dads only' information workshops on a Thursday evening. Concurrently, fathers and youngsters work together on a home based program. 

1) The face-to-face sessions include:

  • 2 x ‘dads-only’ information workshops (2 hours each)
  • 8 x ‘dads-and-youngsters’ practical sessions (75 minutes/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 6.30-8.30pm prior to session 1 and 2 of the dads and youngsters sessions.

The dads and their youngsters also attend weekly sessions together at the University of Newcastle or a Newcastle Region Primary School, on a Saturday morning between 8am-12pm.  Sessions are broken up into 2 components:

  1. 20-minute educational session on the weekly theme (e.g. rough and tumble play, fruit, vegetables, sport skills, screen time)
  2. Delivery of a fun and active 55-minute practical session including rough & tumble play, sport skills and fun fitness activities. 

2) Home-based program

The home-based program provides additional opportunities for dads and youngsters to be active together and put into practice key program messages about healthy eating, physical activity and social and emotional wellbeing. The home-based program is detailed in the HYHD activity folder, providing dads and their youngsters a range of engaging activities that can be completed to improve their health at home.


We are looking for dads and their youngsters

Are you a dad who wants to spend quality time with your child participating in fun physical activities, whilst learning how to improve their sport skills, health and wellbeing…along with your own?

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