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Healthy child care grows healthy kids. Denver’s Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) in Child Care Program is a voluntary and free program, committed to supporting licensed child care providers in creating a healthy environment for children and staff. HEAL in Child Care provides resources and best practices for physical activity, nutrition, screen time, employee wellness and breastfeeding in the child care setting. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Colorado’s childhood obesity rate is ranked 23rd in the nation and is rising faster than in any other state. Since children develop a large amount of eating and physical activity habits during the formative years, caregivers can play an important role in shaping the healthy habits that will follow children into adulthood.

Benefits of participation include:

  • A copy of the interactive book Healthy Foods from A to Z: Comida Sana a la Z a la Z
  • Professional development hours for staff
  • Best practices for physical activity, nutrition, screen time, employee wellness and breastfeeding
  • Health and nutrition curriculum for children
  • Educational handouts for families
  • Visual displays to promote wellness goals

Programs that implement best practices will also receive recognition on the City and County of Denver website, a certificate of participation and can earn additional quality points with Colorado Shines.

For more information, contact Megan Harms at 720-865-2987 or Megan.Harms@denvergov.org

 

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