Growing Up Healthy is Why.

Healthy Way to Grow is helping communities across the nation reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by supporting early care and education programs to improve practices and policies that will create healthier environments for young children. By helping centers achieve best practice guidelines in nutrition, physical activity, screen time and infant feeding, we can help America’s youngest children grow up healthy. With 345 centers participating in the program across nine communities, Healthy Way to Grow is currently impacting over 37,043 children and 4,312 teachers and staff. After participating in Healthy Way to Grow for one year:
textbook-iconParticipating centers established an average of 15 wellness policies, including healthy guidelines in nutrition, physical activity and screen time, education for children and staff, and guidelines around other activities like healthy celebrations and creating a center wellness council.
board-iconCenter directors reported offering significantly more education to early childhood providers, children, and parents on nutrition, physical activity, screen time and infant feeding.
apaper-iconCenters increased the number of best practices they reported as “fully meeting” on the Let’s Move! Child Care Checklist Quiz and reported meeting three-quarters of applicable best practices at the end of the first year.
We are excited to announce the launch of Healthy Food Alliance for Early Education, a technical assistance program for early care and education settings in St. Louis, MO aimed at improving healthy eating and food access among children from birth to five years of age. Please visit our Where to Find Us page to learn more.

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