Children develop very differently (growth, skills,...). Does SALTO take this into consideration?

All measures to promote healthy physical activity and nutritional behaviour are designed appropriately for children, and mental and physical characteristics during the developmental stages are taken into consideration.

I am worried that my/a child could be stigmatised because of its weight/skills if the project is implemented. 

SALTO and its team of specialists in the field of obesity research take care that this does not happen and stigmatisation is prevented. We have signed off on the principle of "Health@any Size". All measures are implemented salutogenically (strengthening resources) having the motto "no child is left behind". SALTO communicates information about the "healthy obese", meaning that children with health enhancing behaviours build up safety factors and have a lower risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases despite being overweight, compared to children with unfavourable lifestyles.

What is the benefit of the evaluation for my child?

On one hand, the evaluation is used to adapt the measures to the individual needs of the kindergarten, and on the other hand, to evaluate their effectiveness. This means that the analysis is mainly done for the whole kindergarten, but of course every single child benefits from the conclusions drawn. Promoting development of individuals based on the test results is not planned.

Is my child automatically evaluated if the kindergarten participates?

No. The child is only evaluated if you give your written consent.

My child is already five years old and will leave the kindergarten soon; is it still practical to test my child? 

Yes, because we conduct both a longitudinal study and a cross-sectional study. This means that not only can we accompany younger children over a period of a few years, but we also can compare age groups with each other (e.g. differences in activity preferences of 5-year-olds in 2015 and in 2018, or differences in motor skills or nutrition preferences between 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls). 

Do we as parents get feedback from the evaluation?

Of course, as parents you have the right to know the results. We offer them on request, although a detailed analysis is only presented to the kindergarten. 

Did you know...

...that children seldom outgrow "puppy fat"? Most overweight children also become overweight adolescents and adults.

...many kindergartens already implement healthy nutrition and physical activity at their institutions? Precisely because of this fact they are the ideal partners for SALTO.

...that children often model themselves on parents regarding nutrition and physical activity? This is why SALTO is also particularly addressing parents.

... that already every second to third child is overweight? Consequently, it is about time to counteract this trend with SALTO.