INFANT

Do you want to give your baby the healthiest start in life?

We know that parents find the early years a challenge and describe it as a time when they need more support regarding how to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours in their children.

The INFANT program is now available in Mildura to support parents develop healthy eating and active play behaviours in their children right from the start.

The INFANT Program

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The INFANT Program has been developed by Deakin University and aims to promote healthy eating and active play behaviours in parents and their children. Emphasis is placed on improving knowledge, skills and strategies known to promote healthy eating (feeding styles and food provided) and active play (physical activity and reduced screen time) across these early years. A strong emphasis is placed on parental modelling of healthy lifestyle behaviours.

The program consists of 6 classes, run at different stages of your baby’s development; from 3 to 18 months of age.

The program is run in existing social groups and helps improve your knowledge and skills around infant feeding and active play.

A trained health professional will support you and provide information and advice.

The skills developed through Infant will also help you carry on healthy behaviours through future stages of your child’s development.

Sessions are run at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months as your child moves through key development stages.

What’s more, Infant is not just a six session program. It can give you life long skills to help with not only your baby, but the whole family as well.

For more information on the Infant Program (outside Mildura) visit www.infantprogram.org

Join a class in Mildura

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INFANT classes are run in Mildura by the Sunraysia Community Health Services Allied Health team, in collaboration with Healthy Together Mildura and the Mildura Rural City Council (MRCC) Maternal and Child Health Services team.

The INFANT program classes are currently run in conjunction with MRCC first time parent’s classes.

If you have or a are having a baby soon and want to join one of the classes listed below; contact Jane McCracken at SCHS on 03 50225 444 or jmccracken@schs.com.au

 

 

Infant Program FAQs

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Click here for a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.
If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact Jane McCracken at SCHS on 03 50225 444 or jmccracken@schs.com.au

Tools

Food balance game
Designed to help children aged 4-13 learn about healthy eating.

Eating tips for children
Babies grow quickly, so they need plenty of energy (kilojoules) and nutrients.

Active Play
These resources will help engage young children in enjoyable physical activity at an early age, so they are more likely to become active teenagers and adults.

Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
Australia’s largest breastfeeding information and support service.

Using Fruit and Vegetables
Get your 2 & 5 without breaking the budget.