Educating and promoting health among 3 to 6 year old children using the 'child-friendly' approach

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This paper reports on some of the findings pertaining to the effectiveness of the 'child-friendly' approach in promoting and learning health issues on the prevention of obesity among children. 'Child-friendly' refers to the teaching approach designed to facilitate the child's learning process by employing teaching methods and getting involved in learning activities compatible to the child's age. 40 children aged 3 to 6 years were involved in this study, in which they were exposed to various 'child-friendly' approaches for 32 weeks in a kindergarten. Meanwhile, their parents were required to report any health-related behaviour elicited by the child before and after the study in two diaries, namely the 24-Hours Activity Diary and 24-Hours Recall Dietary Diary. The data were analysed by using descriptive analysis and the Chi-square test. The findings showed that 'child-friendly' approaches contributed to positive changes in the practice of daily healthrelated behaviour among children (p < 0.001), thus providing convincing evidence of the applicability of 'child-friendly' approaches in promoting and educating children about health issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-224
Number of pages10
JournalMan in India
Volume97
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Child-friendly
  • Educating and promoting health
  • Healthy behaviour
  • Innovation of a teaching-learning method

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Educating and promoting health among 3 to 6 year old children using the 'child-friendly' approach. / Ahmad Marzuki, Maziah; Rahman, Saemah.

In: Man in India, Vol. 97, No. 17, 2017, p. 215-224.

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