A recent study has reported that replacing the traditional, individual well-child care model with a series of group visits during the first 18 months of life was associated with a significantly reduced obesity rate at two years of age.
Well Baby Group (WBG) is an alternative to traditional well-child care designed for use in primary care settings. In the WBG model the same six to eight mother-infant dyads participate in 11 sessions over the first 18 months of life. In addition to the usual components of a well-child care visit, each two-hour session provides more time for education and a venue to build social networks that can provide ongoing support once the group intervention has ended.
Children enrolled in WBG were significantly less likely to be overweight/obese at two years than children receiving traditional well-child care at the same health centre (2.1% vs. 15.0%).