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Active8 is an online healthy lifestyle program for parents and carers of young children. The program is designed to help families learn about healthy habits, and includes a range of information and activities to help parents and carers feel confident while raising healthy children.
The Active8 program is delivered in two formats. Families can attend face-to-face group sessions or complete the program online in the comfort of their own home.
Programs that are delivered face-to-face in the community are run every week for 90mins over 10 weeks. Each week a team of health professionals will deliver sessions to parents and children together in fun interactive, game-based sessions.
If participating online, phone coaching with a health professional is scheduled once a fortnight. Support is given for topics such as fuss eating, screen time and being active as a family. Parents participate in a virtual group discussion on the alternate fortnight to phone coaching. The online format runs for 8 weeks.
Each week, parents and carers learn to develop new skills to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle for their family through healthy eating and physical activity.
The program covers a range of topics such as healthy snacks, family meals, fussy eating and play time. Families are provided with information and support to help make healthy food choices and be active as their children grow.
There will be a phone coaching appointment with your Active8 program coach every fortnight for up to 30 minutes. On alternating weeks to your phone coaching call, there will be a 45-minute virtual group discussion with other parents and carers that are participating in the Active8 program, facilitated by health professional.
Throughout the program you will have different targets to complete. Some of these will be slight changes to your everyday habits that won’t take much time, and others may require more time and planning.
The targets chart you will receive before the program starts outlines all the targets for the program, so you will have lots of time to plan the various activities.
Your Active8 coach will be able to support you and provide advice to help you get back on track.
As the Active8 program is designed to help the whole family to introduce healthy habits, we encourage other adults in the family to complete the online sessions and participate in phone coaching calls or virtual group discussions.
The Better Health Company designed and developed the Active8 program for Australian communities and continue to facilitate program implementation across Australia. Better Health Company works with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders to enable effective programs, training and resources to be implemented in local communities.
To find out more about The Better Health Company go to www.betterhealthcompany.org
- Computer or laptop computer
- iPad or tablet
- iPhone or smart phone
The virtual group discussions will run for 45 minutes each fortnight.
The virtual group discussions will involve other parents and carers who are participating in the program, and will be facilitated by one of the Active8 program coaches.
The ‘IT Troubleshooting’ section of the Active8 program FAQs may also help you to resolve technical issues.
The Active8 program performs optimally with an internet connection that is capable of downloading and streaming videos. If your connection is weak or slow, consider whether you can complete the sessions at a friend or family member’s house, or the local library.
Recommended web browsers include: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox version 3 or higher, Apple Safari version 4 or higher, and Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9 or higher.
If you would like to have your account activated sooner, you can contact the Active8 program team on 1300 822 953.
You should receive a text message with the courier tracking information when your packs are on their way. If your pack has not arrived, you can look it up on the courier’s website, or call the Active8 program team on 1300 822 953 to find out when it is likely to arrive.
You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire at the start of the program to inform us of any existing medical conditions.
The information you give us is used for reporting and evaluation of the program. When this happens, it is anonymous, so you cannot be identified.
Our programs are delivered at a broad population level. Whilst the programs do not specifically target Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families, our program facilitators complete culture competency training to understand and be considerate of personal beliefs, culture, and individual circumstances when supporting families throughout the programs.
BHCo continues to look at further opportunities to review the structure and content of our programs to best support all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.