Have Fun—Be Healthy is creating healthy families

Here at Have Fun—Be Healthy we are constantly evaluating the program to ensure we are providing families and playgroups with an efficient and supportive service, the right style and amount of information, and appropriate resources while participating in the program.

Since 2012, Have Fun—Be Healthy has been delivered to 150 playgroups, directly impacting over 1400 families. We are proud to announce our recent evaluation results show that the program is contributing to establishing healthy lifestyle behaviours in participating families. The results show:

  • a statistically significant increase in children’s consumption in the number of serves of vegetables (p=<0.05)
  • a statistically significant decrease in the number of serves consumed of; cordial, soft drink and flavoured water, juice and cakes and doughnuts (p=<0.05)
  • a statistically significant increase in parental-efficacy for promoting healthy eating, limiting non-core foods, promoting physical activity and limiting screen time for their child (p=<0.05).
    The final point is a particularly noteworthy finding as additional analyses reveals that parental self-efficacy is an important correlate of child eating and sedentary behaviours (Ice et al., 2014; Peters et al., 2013).

We love hearing from our facilitators and parents so we thought we would share with you too…


“I loved the booklet with the recipes in it because they’re very easy to do and things you can do at home the next day. So it was really good and child friendly. I liked the cards.”

“The cooking projects were immense fun and so were the physical activities provided.”

“I enjoyed the cooking as my child has problems with trying different things. She did that well.”

“The amount of time children need to be active during the day, this has helped me plan my children’s daily activities.”


“I was just going to add that from my perspective I feel I’ve had great support and communication. I’ve had a lot of support”

“They love everything! The kids! They love new experiences and skills. I really think the cooking sessions were the most unique, as they may never have been involved in food preparation before.”

“Having the parents engaging in the activities with the children was really great. Having some of the physical play activities out for children to try after the Have Fun—Be Healthy session to try in the free play session helps build their confidence to engage in future sessions.”

“The people in charge of the training know very well what they are doing and have a lot of information on different topics. This is an incredibly well thought out program.”

Ice, C., Neal, W., & Cottrell, L. (2014). Parental Efficacy and Role Responsibility for Assisting in Child’s Healthful Behaviors. Education and Urban Society, 46(6), 699-715.
Peters, J., Dollman, J., Petkov, J., & Parletta, N. (2013). Associations between parenting styles and nutrition knowledge and 2-5-year-old children’s fruit, vegetable and non-core food consumption. Public Health Nutrition, 16(11), 1979-87.