Family Healthy Living Program
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 provided funding to the Childhood Obesity Foundation to develop and prototype a ‘made in BC’ early intervention program.
The Family Healthy Living Program is a free 10-week program for families with children aged 8 to 12-years-old who are off the healthy weight trajectory (BMI for age >85th percentile) and is designed to be fun, engaging, supportive, flexible, intentional and inclusive. The program supports families in making changes to healthy behaviours such as healthy eating, physical activity, screen time and sleep that support a child’s own health behaviours. The program is focused on practical, fun activities that build family connectedness while building both the parent/caregiver’s and the child’s skills to make lasting changes. As well, the program incorporates positive mental health activities that build resilience and self-confidence and help to enhance overall well-being.
Program details including locations, dates and how to register can be found at www.familyhealthyliving.ca.
If you have questions about the program please contact Karen Strange, Project Director, Early Intervention Program Pilot Project:
Phone: (250) 882-6755
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. The new early intervention program will be informed by and align with these existing childhood healthy weights programs; early intervention is one of six elements in the BC Continuum for the Prevention, Management and Treatment of Health Issues Related to Overweight and Obesity in Children and Youth.
- 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