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Building Healthy Families (BHF) is a family-based obesity treatment program for children and their families. BHF is a research project at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Our goal is to work with families, especially children, in identifying healthier food choices, modifying unhealthy behaviors and increasing physical activity.

The cost of the program is free for the entire family. Each family will be randomly assigned to participate in either a face-to-face program held at UNK on Sunday or Monday nights or to a BHF Workbook program that is completed at home by the family unit.  Both programs have been shown to be effective! All participants, regardless of which program they are randomly assigned to, will be assessed at UNK for body fat, blood pressure, fitness and overall health status at the beginning, at 12 weeks and again at 6 months. All assessments are free.

The face-to-face BHF program requires your family to attend 7 sessions over 3 months at the UNK Physical Activity and Wellness Lab. Sessions will be Sundays or Mondays and will be fun for the entire family. During the weekly session, all family members will participate in practical nutrition education, goal setting and healthy lifestyle strategies and physical activities. The first session will be 3 hours and the other six sessions will be between 1 ½ to 2 hours.

The BHF Workbook includes the same practical nutrition education, goal setting and healthy lifestyle strategies and physical activities; however, you will not be required to attend sessions at UNK. Instead your family will work through an interactive workbook and create your goals and strategies at home each week over the 3 months of the program.

Example goals would be: limiting soda consumption, reduction or elimination of television viewing, limiting fast food to once per week, or other health enhancing and weight management approaches.  Families who meet their goals are successful!

If you are interested in learning more or signing up to participate, please plan to attend an informational meeting on January 21st, 2019 at 6:00pm at the UNK Physical Activity and Wellness Lab. The lab is located on the 2nd floor of the Wellness Center connected to Cushing Coliseum. Please enter Cushing Coliseum through the north or east doors. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 308-865-8336.

Please call 865-8336 or email for specifics or with questions.