Aquisição de Hábitos de Vida Saudáveis na Infância


Learning outcomes of the curricular unit

To develop and implement strategies for community intervention to promote early healthy child development (from pregnancy to 5years of age)

To discuss the importance of early intervention for the adoption of healthy lifestyle;

To apply an ecological approach to child heath and development;

To discuss the parental factors and their relationship with the development of self-regulation of the child;

To apply a family centered approach and in partnership;

To discuss the main recommendations for child healthy habits related to eating, physical activity, sleep, and screen;

To identify opportunities for intervention at community and individual levels;

To discuss the role of breastfeeding as an opportunity for promoting healthy habits;

To select and apply individual strategies to facilitate the adoption of healthy lifestyle;

To select and apply community facilitating strategies  on health education for the adoption of healthy lifestyle;

To plan a family behavior change (using the

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Weekly - Available soon

Total - 30

Teaching language



Requirements for frequency

University Degree



Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation, National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2007). A Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Learning, Behavior, and Health for Vulnerable Children. Harvard: Center on the Developing Child.

Contento, I. (2008). Nutrition education: linking research, theory and practice. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 17(1), 176-179.

Paul, I., Bartock, C., Downs, D., Stifter, C., Ventura, A., Birch, L. L. (2009). Opportunities for the primary prevention of obesity during infancy. Advances in Pediatrics, 56, 107-133.

Rudolf, M. (2009). Tackling obesity through the healthy child program: a framework for action. Leeds: University of Leeds, Leeds Community Healthcare

Shribman, S.,  Billingham, K. (2009). Healthy child programme: pregnancy and the first five years. London: Department of Health.

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies (including evaluation)

There will theoretical-practical sessions with the presentation and discussion of basic theoretical contents, search by students of relevant information, the discussion of concrete examples, life modelling, using videos and role-play. Child obesity will be used to illustrate in a concrete way the theoretical basis and the use of different competencies and strategies of intervention with families, children and community.

Evaluation includes three components: individual participation (20%), oral presentation of a project (30%), written presentation of the project. (50%). For the project students must plan a family behavior change, using a specific case.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter


Foundations of early intervention

Ecological approach to development

Parental factors and its relationship with child behavior

Pamily centred approach

Several steps for building a partnership

Recommendations for healthy eating, physical activity, sleep and screen exposition (from 0 to 5 years)

Opportunites for the acquisition of healthy habits by the child, family and community

Specificities of breastfeeding that favor healthy lifestyles

Facilitating strategies for the adoption of healthy lifestyles: coimmunication, motivational interview, environment changes

Promotion of healthy lifestyles in pre-school children. Examples of strategies and activities

Tecnics of negotiation and advocacy with policy makers