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Healthy Beginnings Program

Healthy Beginnings Healthy Beginnings is an early intervention program to prevent childhood obesity. Preventing the onset of overweight and obesity in children is an important public health priority. Rates of childhood obesity in Australia are one of the highest in developed nations and the epidemic is evident in children as young as two years.

The Communicating Healthy Beginnings Advice by Telephone (CHAT) study is a randomised controlled trial funded by NSW Ministry of Health under the NSW Health Translational Research Grant Scheme 2016 (ID number: TRGS 200).

The aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of delivering the Healthy Beginnings program using short message service (SMS) or telephone support, in conjunction with mailed written intervention materials, to reduce child BMI, promote healthy infant feeding practices and active play. Women at third trimester of pregnancy who are over the age of 16 years, able to communicate in English and have a mobile phone are eligible to participate in the study.

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Cultural Adaptation of Healthy Beginnings

We are currently running a small trial (a pilot, feasibility study) to culturally adapt the Healthy Beginnings CHAT study to make it relevant to different cultural groups, so that their children and families can also access and gain benefit from the program. The aim of this study is to take the materials from the CHAT Healthy Beginnings study and adapt it to two language / cultural groups: Arabic and Chinese Mandarin, as these are the two mostly widely spoken languages in Sydney Local Health District, after English.


For more information contact Dr Li Ming Wen