Familie+

Living healthy together in family and school. A prevention concept for the promotion of weight-related behaviors in children's living environments

Summary

The joint project with the University of Konstanz, University of Leipzig and Plattform Ernährung und Bewegung e.V. (peb) aims to promote a healthy lifestyle with increased phsical activity and a balanced diet among primary school children and their families. The project is being implemented in three model regions across Germany. The interventions are adapted to the local conditions for both settings, school and family. The respective community network is being established and expanded in order to create synergies between the community level and the settings. A comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of interventions will be carried out afterwards. Through close linking of the settings family and school, health-promoting behaviour should be integrated in daily life more effectively and sustainably by children and their families

Background

Obesity can have a negative impact on health and is a burden for individuals as well as for the society. Overweight in children and adolescents significantly increases the risk for adult obesity. In addition, the prevalence of overweight and obesity increases with age. Hence it’s important to introduce healthy behaviors and framework conditions already in primary school age. Parents have a major influence on the health behavior of their children and thus play an important role in the prevention of obesity in children. Therefore, Familie+ aims to reach and actively involves not only the kids, but also the parents. Schools are, besides the family setting, another important living environment for children. The topics nutrition, physical activity, sleep and sedentary behavior are addressed in both settings simultaneously to promote health.

Aim of the project

The aim of Familie is to promote healthy lifestyle with more physical activity and a balanced diet primary among school children and their families. Children and their families should be reached as a whole and changes should be sustainably integrated in everyday family life.

During the project, an intervention will be implemented in the family and school environments and in parallel, the respective community network will be established and/or expanded. The aim is to use interactions between the living environments and synergies with the community network, which support a sustainable integration of health-promoting behavior.

Implementation

The health-promoting intervention is developed, implemented and evaluated in three model regions across Germany. First, an analysis of the respective community network and the stakeholders involved is carried out. The intervention is monitored, and its implementation as well as its effectiveness will be evaluated.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health.

Time horizon

The project began in January 2020 and is expected to end by the end of 2022.

Practical materials

Here you can find health-promoting intervention materials for school and for your home! The materials are organized based on four topics: nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and sedentary behavior. Within these four topic areas, there are a total of eleven subtopics. The materials are available in German only.

 

Contact

Friederike Butscher

Prof. Filip Mess