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Fathers network workshop to emphasize involving fathers in children’s lives

LITTLE FALLS — Minnesota Fathers and Families Network will conduct a Fall Regional Workshop Thursday at the Initiative Foundation, 405 S.E. First St., Little Falls.  

The topic of the workshop is “How Father Involvement Fosters More Active, Healthier Children.” This workshop is open to the public. It is targeted for educators, health and social service field professionals, community leaders and others who have a stake in today’s kids being healthy. For more information, go online to 

Recent health reports from the Centers for Disease Control show that one in every five children has an issue related to weight and obesity.  

Participants will be able to separate health and nutrition myths from facts, use their father influence to spark a child’s interest in physical activity, understand the connection between “father hunger” and other family appetites for healthy relationships and nutrition.

This workshop will also address challenges and opportunities around breast feeding, food access, cultural traditions, parenting time, communication and other issues influencing child health. Managing a child’s “screen time” and responding to media standards about food, eating and the body will also be included.

And coaching fathers how to be effective coaches, guides and mentors in sports and other organized activities will be part of the presentation. MFFN believes this topic is important to today’s children and their families. Fathering is a key perspective. The role that dads can play in encouraging healthy, active living in kids is a focus of the workshop.  

Presenters include Joe Kelly, fathering educator at the Emily program and a University of Minnesota Extension educator in health and nutrition and family relations. Registration information is available on the home page of MFFN’s website at Registration may be mailed to: MFFN, 1605 County Road 101 N., Suite 700C, Plymouth, MN 55447-2708. The registration fee is $25 to MFFN members, $35 public. Walk-ins are welcomed but encouraged to call in advance to reserve space at (763) 473-7432. Snack breaks and lunch are included in the registration fee. MFFN is hosting eight fall regional workshops across Minnesota.