Engaging Fathers in the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors

Katherine R. Arlinghaus, Craig A. Johnston

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Parental engagement is an important component in lifestyle behavior change interventions for children as parents are uniquely positioned to establish a healthy environment and model healthy eating and physical activity habits for their children. Despite both mothers and fathers being important agents of behavioral change for their children, fathers are typically underrepresented in programming interventions. Physical activity may be an important strategy for fathers to become involved in lifestyle change with their children as, compared to mothers, fathers traditionally tend to be comfortable engaging in physical activity with their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-219
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • children
  • fathers
  • lifestyle
  • parents
  • physical activity


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