The Healthy Active Living for Families (HALF) project developed and tested a series of positive, family-focused messages specific to obesity prevention and care for the following developmental stages: infancy, toddlerhood, and early childhood. Use the quick-reference timelines below to learn more about parent concerns and effective strategies to address them.


HALF Recommendations by Age

Explore the interactive timelines showcasing when risk patterns emerge. Learn about age-specific parent concerns and strategies to counsel on desired behaviors to prevent obesity.


Timeline for Risk Behaviors


Timeline for Risk Behaviors


Timeline for Risk Behaviors

Podcasts and Voices Blogs

Learn what others are saying. Listen to our podcasts and read our blog posts.

Nutrition and Exercise - Episode 8

In this episode, hosts David Hill, MD FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, lament the “new normal” of limited activity and food choices during COVID-19. In the main interview segment, Natalie Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, CSSD, FAAP, FACSM, talks about setting up routines around mealtimes and exercise.

Pediatrics on Call


August 11, 2020

Teaching Toddlers healthy Eating - Episode 41

Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP,  talk to Robert Nix, PhD, about his research on toddler eating and self-regulation, published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics.

Pediatrics on Call


January 19, 2021

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