Posted on May 25, 2018 at 1:16 PM by Megan McKinney Cooper
Jump IN for Healthy Kids has a close partner in Early Learning Indiana, helping our work to reduce overweight and obesity prevalence in children. Research tells us that children establish their habits around nutrition and physical activity by age five, so ensuring they learn healthy behaviors early on is critical. We reach these young children through the Taking Steps to Healthy Success (TSHS) program, a best practices approach to nutrition and physical activity for children ages zero to five that covers the topics of nutrition, healthy beverages, physical activity, screen time, breast feeding, family engagement and staff wellness. Jump IN and Early Learning Indiana offer TSHS free to child care providers and all participating programs will receive a cash incentive upon completing the requirements. Thanks to Anthem, Jump IN and Early Learning Indiana are now enrolling 25 new child care providers to begin the full session and 25 providers who've already had the training for ongoing technical assistance to ensure that the best practices are being thoroughly followed and are embedded into the policies and day-to-day of the centers. More than 170 child care providers in central Indiana have already participated in the program, impacting more than 10,000 children.
If you're a child care provider or know someone who is, please enroll now or share this blog post with your colleagues. The 2018-2019 cohort will begin soon. Participation is open to providers in Marion County.
All participants will attend one full-day learning session and four additional half-day learning sessions. Six on-site technical assistance visits and printed resources to support learning around child health and obesity prevention will also be provided. All participating programs will complete the Let’s Move Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessments at the beginning and end of the project.
Programs chosen to participate will identify a leadership team consisting of three staff members representing different areas of the program. These staff members will have opportunities to learn, use new tools, share experiences and build a wider network of support. Participants will also commit to sharing information and ideas with staff through training between learning sessions.
Creating healthy environments where young children access nutritious food and get plenty of physical activity every day is achievable with TSHS. Please join us today!
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