- Show the parent and child where they are on the BMI for age chart
- Discuss the concept of a healthy weight, and potential impacts of being above a healthy weight
- Use positive, non-judgemental language
- Provide the key messages (8 Healthy Habits) using clear, practical, family-focused examples
8 Healthy Habits
Here are eight ways to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle:
Drink water instead of soft drink, juice or cordial
Choose healthier snacks and fewer unhealthy treat foods
Aim for at least 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit every day
Limit recreational screen time
Start each day with a healthy breakfast
Be active for at least 1 hour a day, every day
Be mindful of portion size and when you feel full
Get enough sleep
The following page provides advice for health professionals when raising this issue with parents or carers.
Link to videos and conversation starters
Motivational interviewing module on HETI
20 minute module which provides an overview of the fundamental skills, principles and strategies used in motivational interviewing.
Weight4Kids Core Module
Weight4KIDS is a professional development online learning program for all health professionals.