2021

Funding success - Connecting the dots for Healthy Beginnings in early childhood

  Congratulations to the Healthy Beginnings team on being awarded funding to develop resources for early childhood health practitioners and educators to support healthy lifestyle behaviours in yo...

Reviewing the literature to examine the role of nurses in preventing, treating and managing obesity in childhood and adolescence in Australia and internationally

What is the issue? 1 in 4 children aged 2 to 17 years in Australia are living with overweight or obesity.  The costs to the Australian healthcare system associated with overweight or obesity at...

Infant feeding modes influence children growth pattern for the first five years of age

Key messages A new study highlights the importance of encouraging and supporting extended breastfeeding for childhood obesity prevention.  Using longitudinal data from an obesity prevention...

Preventing obesity in early childhood – evidence briefs on what we’ve learnt

EPOCH CRE is proud to release five evidence briefs, summarising the key findings from our research (2016-2021) and what they mean for policy and practice.    One in four children is affected...

How can early childhood obesity prevention interventions better meet the needs of infants at increased risk of unhealthy weight gain?

A new systematic review showed early identification of at-risk infants along with early and sustained intervention are key when targeting the most vulnerable infants.   The importance of...

Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Instruments Measuring Children’s Movement Behaviors and Parenting Practices in Brazilian Families

In North East Brazil, 1 in 3 children under 5 are affected by overweight or obesity. Family-focused prevention interventions in Brazil are limited by a lack of validated culturally appropriate...

Process evaluations of early childhood obesity prevention interventions delivered via telephone or text messages: A systematic review

Childhood obesity prevention intervention delivered by telephone or text messages is effective and potentially more acceptable to clients, however, this is not well reported.  Understanding...

Tracking and Persistence of weight status during childhood

A new study led by A/Prof Alison Hayes examined which groups of children are more likely to become overweight, or have persistent overweight, in childhood and adolescence.   Knowing the...

Culturally adapting the Healthy Beginnings program

How can modifications be made to an existing health promotion program to make it more relevant and accessible for new mothers from diverse cultural backgrounds? A new study describes the process...