Family Healthy Living Program (EIP)

Introducing a family-based, ‘made in BC’ childhood healthy weights early intervention program

Healthy weights in children and youth continue to be a priority in BC. The Province has provided funding to the Childhood Obesity Foundation to develop a prototype ‘made in BC’ early intervention program.

The Family Healthy Living Program is FREE for families. The program uses a lifestyle behaviour approach for promoting healthy weights in children and youth. Topics include: 

  • introduction to healthy eating and active living
  • setting goals and using effective rewards
  • healthy body image and self-esteem, managing stress and active living for everybody
  • creating positive family mealtimes and physical activity experiences; cooking and playing together
  • positive parenting

This 10-week program includes a two-hour introductory Healthy Living Workshop and nine 1.5 hour weekly sessions. Families also have access to a family web portal with additional information and activities for the week. At the completion of the program, participants will have access to four additional maintenance sessions.

The new Family Healthy Living Program is community-based and aligns with existing childhood healthy weights programs e.g., Shapedown BC and the HealthLinkBC Eating and Activity Program for Kids; early intervention is one of six elements in B.C.’s Continuum for the Prevention, Management and Treatment of Health Issues Related to Overweight and Obesity in Children and Youth.

The prototype program will be piloted in 10 communities and in all health regions in fall 2018. The prototype program will be evaluated by University of Victoria researchers.

How to register for the Family Healthy Living Program

Families self-register for the program by calling Toll Free 1-888-650-3141 or email familyhealthyliving@uvic.ca. Program details including locations, dates can be found at www.familyhealthyliving.ca.

To find out more

Please contact Karen Strange, Project Director, Early Intervention Program Pilot Project Karen@childhoodobesityfoundation.ca
Phone:  1-250-882-6755

Program Development Team

A collaborative approach has been used to develop the new program. The curriculum was designed by physical activity and mental health experts as well as a registered dietitian. Working together, this team took steps to ensure the program is aligned with existing childhood healthy weights programs e.g., Shapedown BC and the HealthLink BC Eating and Activity Program for Kids.

Stakeholder Consultation

A consultative approach was used to design and develop the Family Healthy Living Program. A community stakeholder consultation was undertaken between December 2017 to February 2018. The overarching external stakeholder consultation is presented as an infographic illustrating 10 engagements across BC and 305 participants.

EIP Stakeholder Consultation Infographic

Consultation Webinar

Childhood Healthy Weights Early Intervention Program webinars were held on January 10 and 11, 2018.  We are pleased to share this recording from the January 11th presentation.

In total, 105 participants attended the January webinars. COF captured all of the questions posed during the webinars and grouped them by theme. A PDF copy of the webinar slides and Q&As are available here:

EIP Webinar Slides

Q&As for EIP Webinars held January 2018

Changes and course corrections emerging from and confirmed by the consultation

Consultation participants were encouraged to share ideas, concerns and resources. Where possible, COF and its partners adapted and utilized input as it arose at each engagement.

A summary of changes and course corrections emerging from and confirmed by the consultation is available here.

Evidence-based Approach

Academic Advisory

The prototype will undergo a process and outcome evaluation conducted by University of Victoria researchers. The evaluations’ design, methodology, data collection and analysis is guided by a team of academics who specialize in childhood healthy weights research at the University of Victoria, University of Alberta and University of British Columbia. 

Literature review

COF conducted a literature review of family-based childhood obesity intervention studies (2007-2014). Here is the COF Family Intervention Lit Review Summary Report.  For a detailed list of the studies included in the literature review, please email: karen@childhoodobesityfoundation.ca

Past evaluations and market research

The program was designed using an evidence-based approach. It builds on five years’ detailed evidence and experience with childhood healthy weights programs in BC. Past outcome and process evaluation data collected from families, delivery teams and partners helped to inform the design. As well, a comprehensive market research study provided insights on the interests and preferences of BC families.

Looking for more information on childhood healthy weights and the supports available for BC families?

Other childhood healthy weights programs available to BC families include Shapedown BC and the Healthy Eating and Activity Program for Kids.

  • Shapedown BC provides a free, multidisciplinary, healthy lifestyles approach for families with children/teens ages 6-17 years old who have weight management issues (Body Mass Index greater than the 97th percentile or between the 85th and 97th percentile if comorbidities are present). Physician referral required. For more information visit: http://www.bcchildrens.ca/our-services/clinics/shapedown-bc
  • HealthLink BC Eating and Activity Program for Kids is a telephone-based program designed to support BC children, teens and their families reach a healthy weight and improve their overall health and quality of life. Families work with a pediatric dietitian and a qualified exercise professional. The program is available to BC residents between the ages of 0-18 and their families. For more information visit: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthy-eating/healthy-weight/kids-program