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Table 1 Intervention content and Anticipatory guidance topics, enhanced with connectedness to nature

From: A randomized controlled trial for families with preschool children - promoting healthy eating and active playtime by connecting to nature

Session Activities during the pilot study
1 Welcome and Intro: Setting goals, Communication in the family. Introduce basic concepts regarding parental feeding styles and how these might relate to beliefs about parenting and safety of children. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
2 Healthy eating: Food groups and reading food labels. How much to eat? Develop parents understanding regarding basic nutrition principles. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
3 Active play: Methods to encourage active play. Decrease inactive time. Motor skill development for children – the foundation for an active life and safety. Develop of themes/skills regarding: moving for health parents and sedentary behaviours in families. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
4 Sleeping time: Sleeping friend and sleeping routines. Develop parents understanding regarding sleeping behaviours. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
5 Fuzzy eating: The outside environment and children. Develop parental skills: how to feed/how to manage food rejection and demands. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
6 Limit setting: Power struggle. Portion size. Provide parents with understanding about feeding styles and impact on children’s eating. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
7 Fun with food: Cooking together. To develop understanding about parental modelling of eating, sedentary behaviour and physical activity. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
8 Encouraging healthy habits: Rules and routines. Throwing, catching, and bouncing skills. Develop skills on providing fail-safe food and activity environments. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
9 Nature and me: Run & Fun: Promoting PA in Nature. Safety and fun in the nature. Develop parental skills for creating safe outdoor activities in nature environment. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.
10 Farewell and graduation: Summary. Connectedness to nature/Outdoor play: active nature games, discovering nature, practicing awareness to sounds, touch, smells, temperature, etc.