Who We Are
With inaugural funding from the William G. McGowan Fund, the American Heart Association and Nemours have joined forces to implement a national, science-based, early childhood technical assistance program to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by improving practices and policies in early childhood programs.
- American Heart Association (AHA)
- Nemours Children’s Health System
- William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
What We Do
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 improve the ability of early childhood providers (serving children from birth to age 5) to improve and sustain nutrition, physical activity, screen time and infant feeding policies and practices.
Healthy Way to Grow program staff work directly with early childhood providers to improve center environments, engage families and develop/adopt a center wellness policy. They also encourage and recognize progress toward best practice goals for nutrition, physical activity, screen time and infant feeding. Healthy Way to Grow program objectives are to: