Dr Susan Williams (CQUniversity Lecturer in Nutrition), Meg O’Donnell (CQ Medicare Local),  Deb Power (CQUniversity Bachelor of Medical Sciences graduate) and Elisha Steffen (CQUniversity Bachelor of Exercise Science graduate) are very excited that the recruitment drive for the PEACH™ program has officially kicked off with the launch of the PEACH™ website and promotional campaign.

For those who are not aware, PEACH™ stands for Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health. It is a family-focused program that supports parents and carers to make healthy lifestyle changes including better nutrition and increased activity.

The program has been trialled and proven to be effective in helping parents and carers achieve a healthy lifestyle for their families.

Initially, places in the program will be offered to 15 families in Rockhampton and another 60 families throughout the Brisbane area. Subsequent roll out to 1325 families state-wide will commence in 2014.

The PEACH™ program is FREE and to be eligible for the program children must be 5-11 years with a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 85th percentile for their age and gender.  The PEACH™ website provides instructions for weighing and measuring your child and additional information about the program.

Dr Williams said the program provided parents with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to overcome the many challenges and pressures they faced in developing healthy eating and activity behaviours within their families.

“One of the main advantages of the PEACH™ program is its focus on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours for all family members.

“As such, the sessions have been designed to include the whole family, with parents grouped together with their child, and their siblings if over three years old, to participate in the child activity group session."

As part of the program, families attend 10 fortnightly sessions over a six-month period, with parents learning and sharing stories in a supportive group environment while their children enjoy a fun physical activity session and learn about healthy eating and behaviours.

The program will be delivered by CQUniversity, on behalf of QUT, which secured funding for the project from Queensland Health under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health - Healthy Children.

“We want parents to feel that it is okay to ask for help in trying to address their child’s body weight and health and hope that Rockhampton and local residents will embrace this opportunity to improve the health of our community,” Dr Williams said.

The first session of the Rockhampton-based PEACH™ program is scheduled to commence on Wednesday October 30, 2013, at the CQUniversity Community Sports Complex. The program will be delivered in Rockhampton by Sue, Meg, Deb and Elisha, who completed their PEACH™ facilitator training in Brisbane last month.

If you would like to be involved in this fantastic program, or if you know any family or friends who might be interested, please go to the PEACH™ website at www.peachqld.com.au or use the free call number 1800 263 519.




Courtesy of CQUniversity