Healthy Way to Grow Recognition (2019-2021)

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Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG), a joint program between the American Heart Association and Nemours Children’s Health System, is a national, science-based, early childhood technical assistance program to help improve practices and policies for obesity prevention.

With 60 percent of American children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, the goal of Healthy Way to Grow is to help improve and sustain nutrition, physical activity, screen time, infant feeding, sleep habits, staff wellness, and family engagement. Healthy Way to Grow provides support to participating centers through subject matter experts and guides policy change as centers implement key HWTG components.

Child care providers and parents want standards that promote good nutrition and physical activity. Specifically, they want kids to be served more fruits and vegetables as well as water or milk instead of sugary drinks. They want kids to be physically active for at least one to two hours each day and to keep time spent watching tv or in front of a computer or tablet to under 30 minutes. HWTG teaches techniques to support healthy lifestyles in early childhood environments and provides hands-on assistance, resources, tools, and customized training.

The American Heart Association and Nemours are pleased to announce the following early childhood programs which have received Healthy Way to Grow Recognition for 2019-2021. They have made great strides in implementing best practices to create healthy environments for children, families, and staff.

“At Nemours Children’s Health System, we believe Healthy Way to Grow provides the perfect opportunity to reach children across the U.S. and shape habits in ways that will benefit them throughout their life,” said Allison Gertel-Rosenberg, Operating Vice President, Nemours National Office of Policy and Practice. “We congratulate all the centers for achieving recognition for the care they provide to children.”

Maplewood YMCA, Rochester, NY
Nina’s Family Child Care Center at Park Lee, Phoenix, AZ
Park Ridge Child Care, Rochester, NY
S.E.E.K Early Learning Center, Phoenix AZ

Bridges Gilbert, Gilbert, AZ
PACE Head Start, Madison St, New Bedford, MA
PACE Head Start, Smith Street, New Bedford, MA

Birth Academy LLC, St Louis, MO
Cape Cod Children’s Place, Eastham, MA
The Children’s College, Cape Cod, MA
Delmar Garden North Early Childhood Center, St Louis, MO
Forever Children Daycare, Salt Lake City, UT
Kingdom House, St Louis, MO
Little Stars Learning Center, Dennis, MA
Nina’s Family Child Care Center at Main, Phoenix, AZ
Smart Kids 1, Taylorsville, UT

Since the program began in 2013, Healthy Way to Grow reaches more than 447 early childhood programs, 48,610 children and 5,667 staff nationwide.