The effectiveness of the ‘child-friendly’ approach in educating health-related behaviour in children

Maziah Ahmad Marzuki, Saemah Rahman

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This paper reports on a section of the research findings related to the “child friendly” obesity prevention program intended to educate a healthy lifestyle among young children. “Child friendly” refers to an approach designed for learning and activities that are compatible, well liked and delights the children throughout the process of learning health-related issues in class. This program involves 40 children from 3–6 years old and is implemented for 32 weeks in pre-schools by using the “child friendly” approach; meanwhile, their parents report the difference in health related behaviour that are practiced by children before and after joining the program. Health related behavior refers to behaviors that lead to children’s health. Such behaviors imply the extent to which children involve in healthy physical activities and follow healthy and balanced dietary patterns. The data obtained from the parent’s report and photos sent by parents to ‘Maziah’s MyObes’ Facebook page was analysed inductively and coded using ATLAS.ti version 7.0. The research findings showed that using the “child friendly” approach had contributed to practicing positive health-related behaviours in which 80% of children ate healthy and balanced foods, while 32.5% carried out healthy physical activities. Hence, this proves that the “child friendly” approach is the best approach for educating children on the practice of a healthy lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2153-2158
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Science Letters
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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  • Eating Pattern
  • Health Related Behavior
  • Physical Activity

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The effectiveness of the ‘child-friendly’ approach in educating health-related behaviour in children. / Ahmad Marzuki, Maziah; Rahman, Saemah.

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