Plates for Healthy Families
Addressing childhood obesity requires more than just looking at what’s on a child’s plate, which is why the Guelph Family Health Study, a research group at the University of Guelph is exploring the long-term impacts of household health interventions.
The GFHS follows families in Guelph and the surrounding area over many years to work with families to better understand habits that can help improve the health of children now and throughout their development.
Researchers part of the GFHS find that there are many ways to positively impact healthy weights of children and parents at the household level. These include limiting children’s sugary beverage consumption, engaging in family physical activity, and establishing sleep routines to increase child sleep duration, limiting sedentary time, and having more family meals.