Healthy Eating - Peach Program
The PEACH™ program can help by offering practical advice about eating healthily and being more active as a family. It is available FREE for Queensland families who have a child 5-11 years old who is above a healthy weight for their age and gender.
The PEACH™ program is being offered in response to the increasing incidence of childhood overweight and obesity in the community.
In Australia, overweight and obesity rates in children have doubled over the past 30 years and in 2011-12 in Queensland, one in four children are above their healthy weight.1 This is a serious public health issue.
Increasing rates of childhood obesity have the potential to place considerable burden on future health costs and services and can lead to a greater risk of obesity in adulthood. Improved weight management can help children to cope with challenges around self-esteem and confidence, academic performance and metabolic health.
Currently there are very few weight management services for children available in Queensland and those that are available have extremely long wait lists.
The PEACH™ program is a 6 month program which consists of 10 sessions. The first 9 sessions are held weekly within a school term. Ongoing individualised family support is offered through the second half of the program ending with one final group session.
The sessions are held in the local community and delivered after school hours by trained facilitators.
Parents and/or carers meet in one group to learn about healthy living options while children meet in another group for a fun physical activity session.
Parents receive a handbook which contains the information they learn about in each session inlcuding goal-setting tools and interactive activities.