Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsI hope you have enjoyed and taken something from the course. Over the past four weeks, we have learned that nutrition, physical activity, screen time and sedentary behavior, and sleep, and the balance of these elements are crucial in establishing healthy patterns in children's lives. It is important to establish routines and practices that promote healthy living-- moderation, balance, limits. We have discovered new ways to make fruit and vegetables attractive to children, how to look for more balanced food alternatives with greater nutritional value, and how to create environments more conducive to promoting physical activity. We have learned strategies to moderate children's screen time and sedentary behaviors and discovered ways to help children get the sleep required to live happy and healthy lives.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondChildhood obesity and its associated diseases are mostly preventable. And considering that patterns established early in children's lives have the potential to develop into lifelong patterns, it is important that we make a conscious effort to ensure that all children are given the best possible start to life.

Course conclusion

Thanks for joining us on this mission to learn about how we can prevent childhood obesity!

Over the past four weeks, we have learned about the crucial roles that nutrition, physical activity, screen time, and sleep play in the lives of young children. Together we have explored how a delicate balance of these elements is necessary to prevent obesity and establish healthy patterns for children.

“Childhood obesity and its associated diseases are mostly preventable. And considering that patterns established early in children’s lives have the potential to develop into lifelong patterns, it is important that we make a conscious effort to ensure that all children are given the best possible start to life” (Professor Tony Okely, Early Start Research Institute, University of Wollongong)

Whether you’re an early childhood educator, teacher, researcher or parent—you play a key role in making a difference in the lives of children in your community. Together we can use knowledge, experience and strategies to prevent and confront the global obesity epidemic facing today’s children.

Why not get involved and help us continue the mission? The journey does not end here…

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Preventing Childhood Obesity: an Early Start to Healthy Living

University of Wollongong