Kid’s Lifestyle Program Benefits Their Parents

Posted 02/04/2015 | By HealthCorps

Here’s a case of parents benefiting from their kids. A Tufts University study suggests that when elementary school children were enrolled in a school-based community intervention program to prevent obesity, their parents seemed to also benefit. The analysis showed that just by being exposed to the program through their children, parents experienced a BMI reduction, compared to parents in a control group, whose children were not exposed to the curriculum.

This kind of program showcases the extended reach of an intervention that’s specifically directed just at children. The benefits go beyond the target group, helping to influence the weight and health of the parents.

Another study completed in July of 2014 showed that overweight preschoolers lose more weight when treatment targets parents and the kids. This study suggests that making the treatment plan a family affair can help ensure better results for the child because the parents are also involved and one key target of the treatment plan.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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