Strong from the Start

Strong from the Start

Transforming Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices in Georgia Childcare Sites With support from the Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Technical Assistance Program (HKHF TAP), HealthMPowers, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy habits to build a better future for all children, partnered with 40 Georgia ECE sites to transform their nutrition and physical activity practices, policies, and […]

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How to Improve Physical Activity for Children

How to Improve Physical Activity for Children

Physical activity is critical for healthy development in the young, but many children are being left behind. Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) investigators have examined physical activity across built environments, parks and recreation, schools, and rural areas—-all through an equity lens. Years of research tell us there are many influences on young people’s physical activity […]

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Outdoor Play is Key for Young Children’s Health

Outdoor Play is Key for Young Children’s Health

Preschoolers are not experiencing enough outdoor play when not in childcare, new research from the University of Western Australia (UWA) has found. The research may be of interest to early childhood education and care services in encouraging and providing suggestions for families to engage in outdoor activities at home. The research also highlights the importance […]

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Healthy Habit Challenges at Farm School in Virginia

Healthy Habit Challenges at Farm School in Virginia

“At Farm School, we not only support the children, but we also support their families,” says the director of Farm School located in Hamilton, Virginia. The teachers at Farm School participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) in the fall of 2017. After the first learning session, the staff at Farm […]

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Daddy is My Superhero

Daddy is My Superhero

Rachel Allison is the new director at Greentree Learning and Child Care Center in Rolla, Missouri. Rachel’s goal was to create an inclusive atmosphere while promoting a healthier lifestyle for families. In 2017, Rachel participated in the Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) where she learned different ways kids can be active. After discussing […]

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5 Key Lifestyle Habits Parents Can Follow to Protect Their Kids From Obesity

5 Key Lifestyle Habits Parents Can Follow to Protect Their Kids From Obesity

When it comes to your child’s health, the age-old advice to lead by example still applies. A new study found children of mothers who follow a healthy lifestyle have a significantly lower risk of developing obesity than those whose mothers don’t. “Children look up to their parents. They follow their parents because their parents are […]

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Health and Wellness Recognition Programs

Health and Wellness Recognition Programs

Recognition programs identify and acknowledge programs, communities, or organizations that encourage exemplary activities that often go above and beyond policies and regulations. State child care agencies, public health agencies, and/or child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) can create child-care specific recognition programs to highlight providers that meet specific best practice criteria. Healthy and active […]

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Moving While Learning at Bonnie’s Family Child Care

Moving While Learning at Bonnie’s Family Child Care

“I hope to inspire a love of learning,” says Bonnie Pridgen, a family child care provider in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Through participating in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC), Bonnie was introduced to new ideas on how to get kids moving while learning. Although Bonnie has been a child care provider for […]

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Get Toned at KidZone

Get Toned at KidZone

Lina Perez, Director of Kidzone Learning Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida, established a partnership with a local gym. Once a month, the gym rents out their space for the kids to use for one hour. Utilizing what she has learned from the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program, Ms. Perez takes all […]

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Get Moving with Bright Start Child Center

Get Moving with Bright Start Child Center

Christie Wolfe, the owner of Bright Start in Kentucky, had trouble finding an impactful nutrition and physical activity training program in her community. Therefore, she was very excited to hear about and participate in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program in 2016. Christie wanted to learn ways to incorporate more movement […]

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