Advise

  • 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 for a healthy weight) 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 treat foods.

Aim to eat at least 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit every day.

Limit screen time.

Start each day with a healthy breakfast.

Be active 8 for at least 1 hour a day, every day.

Know your portion/serve size

Get enough sleep.

8 Healthy Habits for children aged 2 years and older 8 Healthy Habits for children 0-12 months 8 Healthy Habits for children 12-24 months Translated versions from NSW Child Personal Health Record
8 healthy habits

Resource

Conversation starters

The following page provides advice for health professionals when raising this issue with parents or carers.

Link to videos and conversation starters

Conversation starter resource

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