Get involved

HDHK is just for dads and their children. The HDHK program is relaxed and informal. It addresses issues related to men losing weight in a practical, straight forward manner. It also provides practical ideas about getting children active and eating well.

Sessions are 90 minutes long and are conducted out of school hours. With the sponsorship of the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund and the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the community trial is FREE to participants.

During the 9 session program fathers will:

  • Learn how to be healthy lifestyle role models for their children
  • Learn about the importance of physical activity for maintaining a healthy weight
  • Learn the secrets of getting children to eat their vegetables
  • Have fun with their children
  • Learn ways to get the whole family involved in a healthy lifestyle

The next stage in the Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids program is to adapt the completed pilot study to a world first sustainable educational program in a large regional community.

The upper Hunter Valley of NSW Australia has been selected for this purpose and HDHK program will be delivered through local schools in this location during the second half of 2010 and into 2011.


You can become involved in 2 ways:

  • Participants in the HDHK program
  • Trainers / Facilitators


Fathers (or step-fathers) who would like to become fitter and lose a few kilos, and who have primary age children at any of these schools or areas are invited to participate in the program.

Your contribution is your time. Sessions can be arranged at a time to fit in with your work schedule and we will try for a location convenient to you. More than likely it will be a public school in close proximity in your immediate area. It will be advertised through the school and in the local media.

Trainers /Facilitators

The key to this program’s sustainability lies in our ability to train health or education leaders in each community to implement the program over the long term.

A rigorous evaluation of the program will measure the effectiveness of the community based version of the HDHK program and will provide evidence for making this a statewide or national approach to the obesity issue.
If you would like to be part of the program, you can use the Contact Form on this website or ring Myles on 4985 4038 or Victoria on 4921 6884.

All participants, trainers and facilitators will be participating in the second phase of the HDHK research project evaluating the effectiveness of the community based obesity prevention program.

Dad with his two children

How strong is my HDHK dad

Dad standing on 1 leg

A dad in a HDHK activity session