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Health and nutrition education for parents

Parents are the most important influence in their children’s lives. And that includes the food and physical activity habitudes the children will have the rest of their childhood.

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All parents every day face with making choices about your child’s well-being, and that includes decisions about food and physical activities for their children. My proposal is that the health and education services come together to create workshops for parents. Parents also need to be educated on important development of their children such as food habits and health aspects.

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

This proposal can be carried out by the public or private sector of any country. The biggest beneficiaries will be children but these workshops may also cover education needs of adults. Awareness of the importance of these issues started a few years ago so generally, previous generations did not have as much knowledge about welfare and health as we believe.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

From the central government of the country a program of cooperation between the ministry of health and education can be developed. It would employ renowned experts related to nutrition and health of children to design a 25-hour course for parents of children from 0-10 years. There would not be a unique workshop model, but an adaptable tool for all ages in that range. Once the workshop is designed, the staff who will teach the course to parents needs to have a fast training. This could be a non-mandatory workshop but recommended from institutions though medical advise and advertisement to make the population conscious about the importance of taking care of the nutrition and physical activity of the children.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

For this idea to be held is necessary to make a full proposal to an organization (public or private) related to child education and health. Today we are all aware of the importance of these issues but, as I have sometimes heard, "the children do not come with instruction book." Maybe it's time to create the "instruction book" which will make life easier for parents and more healthy and thriving for the children.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!


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Photo of Natasha Abadilla

Hi Virginia,
My organization based in rural Kenya currently has 72 partner schools through which we conduct school-based mobile clinics and age-appropriate health education for students and their teachers. We're using these connections to start holding mother-baby clinics for mothers and their under-five children. Please do let me know what you think of my team's idea: Any ideas you may have to help us improve our idea would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Good initiative, we would also benefit and learn from you

Photo of Stan Jarzabek

Hi Virginia:
great initiative. Workshops can be coupled with with other means of disseminating education to parents and care givers, please check posting on this forum :
and my posting:

I think what we have in mind complements each other. I am very interested in collaboration.

I am initiating a project along those lines in Asia Pacific, with extension to address problem of malnutrition of pregnant women and newborns. I am also interested in promoting a solution developed for one community to other communities and countries that can benefit from it.
Do you think these goals might be in sync what you have in mind?

best wishes

Photo of Yujun Zhang

Great points regarding the parents. In my opinion, parents should be the first and the most important teacher for their own kids, which means that the quality of parents has been playing a critical role in educating their own kids. If the parents who have higher level of education that could create a better education for their children.