Presenter: Professor Kylie Hesketh

This seminar was held on 21st February 2022

The aim of this seminar is to provide insight into the continued benefits INFANT has on children from birth to five years of age. The main focus is the evaluation of INFANT to date and delivering important insights about the benefits of randomised control trials in early intervention. The intended audience includes policy, practice and researchers.

Prof Kylie Hesketh is a Professor with the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University and co-lead the development of INFANT. As an INFANT Principal Investigator, Kylie is one of the leaders of the INFANT effectiveness trial.

This webinar was facilitated by the Victorian Department of Health Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence (CERE) and the Municipal Association of Victoria.


INfant Feeding Active play and NuTrition (INFANT) is designed to help parents and families with healthy eating and active play from the start of their baby’s life up to 18 months of age.

 The evidence-based program was shown in a randomised controlled trial to have high uptake and positive impacts on maternal diet, child diet and reduced sedentary time for children, with impacts still evident up to 5 years of age for several targeted child behaviours. 

INFANT is now being offered to all Victorian local government areas with implementation support funded by the Victorian Department of Health and evaluation funded by a NHMRC Partnership grant led by A/Prof Rachel Laws and Prof Karen Campbell. Together with 8 practice and policy partners, this next phase in the research aims to assess real-world implementation, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of INFANT when delivered at scale. 

Join this 50-minute presentation below with INFANT Principal Investigator Professor Kylie Hesketh to learn about the benefits and impact of implementing INFANT in your community.

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