Do you have preschoolers? There’s still some spots available in the Healthy Youngsters Healthy Dads kicking off soon in late January 2019.

Healthy Youngsters Healthy Dads (HYHD) is a world first program by the University of Newcastle targeting fathers and their preschool-aged children to improve family physical activity and nutrition.

Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads teaches fathers effective parenting skills for role-modeling a healthy lifestyle to optimise the health and wellbeing of their pre-school aged children.  Importantly, the program also educates and motivates both dads and youngsters to improve their physical activity level and nutrition.

Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads (HYHD) is an evidenced-based program aiming to improve the healthy lifestyle behaviours of fathers and their pre-school aged children. HYHD provides fathers with the knowledge, motivation and parenting strategies to engage with their children and become role models to improve physical activity levels, dietary behaviours and weight status of both themselves and their children.

The program involves 8 x weekly 75 minute sessions, run on Saturday mornings at The Forum, University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus.

The HYHD sessions are broken up into two sections, including:

* 20-minute educational session on the weekly theme (e.g. rough and tumble play, fruit, vegetables, sport skills, screen time etc.)
* Fun and active 55-minute practical session, focusing on sports skills (e.g. throwing, catching, kicking), rough & tumble play and fun fitness activities.

Fathers also attend 2 x 2-hour ‘dads-only’ information workshops held on Thursday evenings between 6-8pm.

These workshops teach the fathers evidence-based parenting skills to optimise their child’s physical activity, dietary behaviours and social-emotional wellbeing. The program is delivered by accredited HYHD facilitators, trained by Prof. Philip Morgan at the University of Newcastle.

Please note – your child must be aged 3-5 years in January 2019 and not attending primary school in 2019.

HYHD is part of a research project at the University of Newcastle, commencing late January 2019.

To register for HYHD or learn more about the program and supporting research, please see: