Irish Heart Foundation

Stop Targeting Kids! campaign

IHF STK booklet


HSE: Talking to your child about weight

Safefood: START webinar-How parents can start a conversation about reducing the amount of treat foods their children eat

Safefood: A Guide for Parents- Communicating with your Child about a Healthy Weight


8 Healthy Habits

EASO: Practical Advice on Maintaining Health during Covid-19, children and adolescents


Safefood: Healthy routines start with sleep

Safefood: How to set up a good bedtime routine


Department of Health: The Food Pyramid

Department of Health: Serving-Size-Guide

Department of Health: Meal Plans

HSE: Healthy Eating For Families

HSE/Safefood START campaign: Tips on How to Prepare a Healthy Lunchbox

Safefood: Tackling treats

Safefood: 101+ Square Meals. Easy recipes for everyday life

Physical Activity and Fitness

HSE: Teaching Your Children to Be Active

Safefood: 20 games to keep your kids active

HSE Active Play Every Day An introduction to Active Play Guidelines for 0-3 year old children‘Active-Play-Every-Day-An-introduction-to-Active-Play-Guidelines-for-0-3-year-old-children..pdf

HSE Active Play Every Day An introduction to Active Play Guidelines for 3-6 year old children‘Active-Play-Every-Day-An-introduction-to-Active-Play-Guidelines-for-3-6-year-old-children..pdf

Screen Time

Safefood: Reducing screen time

Safefood: A parents or guardians guide to screen time Children aged 0-5 years

Safefood: A parents or guardians guide to screen time Primary school-aged children

Mental Health


Support Services and Additional Links

HSE: Community Cooking Programmes

Safefood: Community Food Initiatives

ASOI: The Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland

EASO: European Association for the Study of Obesity

For more videos with tips and advice visit Parent Channel TV

Claire McKenna Radio Interview

Niamh Arthurs and Claire McKenna Speaking about World Obesity Day

Safefoods Start Campaign
The START campaign is a five year, public awareness campaign from safefood in partnership with both Departments of Health, Healthy Ireland, the Health Service Executive and the Public Health Agency. The campaign aims to support and encourage parents to start making small daily changes to their children’s diet and lifestyle and in so doing, get them started on their way to a healthier life.  
Get Ireland Active
The site was initially developed to promote the National Physical Activity guidelines. The site has been further developed to become a one-stop shop for physical activity information. The aim of the revised website is to encourage people to become more physically active by creating awareness of the opportunities for physical activity at local, regional and national levels. It also contains lots of information on physical activity: the benefits, how to get started, tips to stay motivated etc.
Loads of ideas and help to make the many small changes that add up to a happier, healthier future for you or your family. Change4Life has tons of helpful information, recipes, tools, tips, and games for the kids.
Teaching your children to be active

You can help your children or any children you look after to be active. Children whose parents or guardians are active are more than 5 times as likely to stay active. Teaching your children to be active


How do you like your school run in the morning? Have some fun with your kids! Ditch the car, breath in the fresh air and enjoy family fitness time.