In 2009 the Hunter Illawarra Kids Challenge Using Parent Support (HIKCUPS) program, a parent centred dietary modification and physical activity program for overweight and obese children and their families was merged with an after school cooking club already being run at a NSW Priority Action School in the Hunter/Central Coast region.

This led to the creation of the Back to Basics Healthy Lifestyle Program. That same year a pilot study of the Back to Basics program was conducted.

The Back to Basics pilot study was implemented with great success and in great demand by parents and children.

The pilot study demonstrated that the program was well accepted, engaging and enjoyable for study participants including both mothers and their children.

In 2010 the Back to Basics program was implemented at the same public school and was run over the following six school terms. During this time Back to Basics underwent rigorous assessment and evaluation by University of Newcastle PhD candidate James Bray.

The program was found to be acceptable and feasible with high levels of participant engagement and enjoyment and was placed in great demand by parents and children.

In 2011/12 the Back to Basics facilitator manual, family cookbook and facilitator training program were developed.




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Food habits that are formed during childhood have a big influence on health outcomes on adulthood.

The Back to Basics program helps to expose young children to healthy food to improve their health both now and in the future.

The development of this program has been made possible by the support of:


Medibank Community Fund

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation


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