In the months ahead, my colleagues and I plan to produce a series of mini-documentaries that explore key connections between fathers’ and children’s health, fitness, and well-being. The initial mini-docs will provide tips for fathers to help them educate their children about making healthy food choices and developing exercise routines and rituals. Another project will challenge fathers to think more carefully about their own health and fitness habits and how those habits can manifest into good or bad fathering.
Two other projects will focus on fathers with chronic health conditions and the challenges fathers face when their children have special health needs. Because I am interested in the larger social context that affects how fathers and children experience their health and fitness, I will develop a mini-doc that emphasizes the value of community partnerships between fathers, educators, daycare workers, and other adults who supervise children.
In addition to the projects I will create, I encourage others to share YouTube videos, blogs, Instagram photos, and Pinterest posts with their own messages to capture themes relevant to fathers’ and children’s health, fitness, and well-being. The Dads & Kids site can help showcase multi-media work by established and aspiring documentarians, photographers, and others who enjoy experimenting with visual forms of expression. Send materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dadsandkidshealth.