Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered is an award-winning, community-based program, which engages fathers in positive lifestyle role modelling and effective parenting strategies to improve the physical activity behaviours, physical confidence, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing of their daughters. Importantly, Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered also targets girls to improve the fitness and physical activity levels, and parenting skills of their fathers.
During the program, dads learn evidence-based parenting skills and strategies to emotionally connect to improve their daughters’ physical and mental health. Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered also teaches fathers how to improve their daughters sport skills by engaging in fun co-physical activities experienced in a warm and positive environment.
Daughters are given opportunities to practise key social-emotional skills including self-control, persistence, critical thinking, resilience and self-reliance and spend quality time with their dads working together in fun practical sessions involving sport skills (eg kicking, catching, throwing), rough and tumble play and health-related fitness games.
The program has compelling evidence of social benefits, gained in rigorous program evaluation (including two randomised controlled trials and dissemination trials) with a long-term follow up. Our significant outcomes directly align with three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
Formerly known as DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered), the program name was changed to Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered in mid-2019.