Children attend the program for 1.5 hour lessons to learn about making healthy food choices and ways to increase physical activity. Parents attend five separate meetings (three with their child) to receive information, skills, and motivational guidance leading to improved food choices, physical activity, and family support. Programs have been successfully conducted over a nine-week time period (children meeting weekly; parents meeting biweekly) and a five-week time period (children meeting twice weekly; parents meeting weekly).
Family Fitness, which is based on Stages of Change Learning Theory and motivational interviewing techniques, provides parents, adult caregivers, and children with the information, skills, and motivational guidance necessary to achieve diet quality and a healthy level of physical activity.
Curriculum has been recently updated to 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and U.S.D.A MyPlate. All participant materials (marketing, handouts, evaluation) are translated into Spanish.
Printed curriculum comes in a binder, and includes a CD-rom of all materials, including writable PDFs for marketing materials, and a promotional DVD. Cost is $65 plus shipping. Order the Family Fitness Program Curriculum.