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Making Parents Agents of Change for Healthier Families

Do you work with children who need support with weight management? Start with mom and dad! 

Based on several years of research conducted at the University of Alberta and the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, AB, a newly tested, evidence-based lifestyle intervention is now available for healthcare professionals working in the field of pediatric weight management. 

Parents as Agents of Change© (PAC) is a 16-session intervention designed for parents of 6 to 12 year olds with obesity. Based on principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and up-to-date research in children’s nutrition and physical activity, PAC was developed to help parents learn about and implement strategies to enable healthier living for the whole family. More than 250 families have completed the 16-session intervention since 2010, and over 95% of parents said they would recommend PAC to other families. 

Here’s what some parents had to say about their PAC experience:

"It was great for providing small-step strategies and ideas for families ready to change their lifestyle habits"

"It was nice to have discussions with other families. I learned a lot and it gave me helpful ideas."

"I think all families would benefit from this program."   

All program materials, including leader manuals, parent resources and a how-to on delivering PAC, are available for a licensing fee so that you can offer PAC in your local area. 

To date, the following PAC-related research reports have been published (with more to come in 2016!):

Holt NL et al. Families' perceptions of and experiences related to a pediatric weight management intervention: a qualitative study. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior 2015;47:427-431.

Ball GD et al. Parents as Agents of Change (PAC) in pediatric weight management: The protocol for the PAC randomized clinical trial. BMC Pediatrics 2012 Aug 6;12:114.

For more information about PAC, please contact Dr. Geoff Ball at gdball[at]ualberta.ca.