An Integrated Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Language Nutrition Curriculum for Early Childcare Educators
Providing healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity to infants and children help their bodies develop and grow. Language Nutrition is just as important. It is the practice of exposing children, from birth, to words that support brain development. The amount and the type of words, like healthy food, is critical to developing babies’ brains.
The Georgia Department of Public Health has developed Eat. Move. Talk!, a new integrated healthy eating, physical activity, and Language Nutrition training and toolkit targeting early childhood educators. DPH will train early childhood educators as coaches, who will model healthy eating, physical activity, and Language Nutrition practices, and teach families to adopt these healthy behaviors at home.
The Toolkit contains:
- An introduction to the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and Language Nutrition in early childhood
- Resources and strategies to increase healthy eating, physical activity, and Language Nutrition in the center and in the home
- Success stories from early child care and education settings
This educational learning experience features:
- Practical strategies for increasing healthy eating, physical activity, and Language Nutrition in the center and in the home
- The Eat. Move. Talk! Toolkit
- Package of items including books, posters, and other materials that support healthy eating, physical activity, and language nutrition
- DECAL approved CEU course
For more information in regards to the Toolkit and/ or the associated training contact Chronic.Disease@dph.ga.gov.
DPH is rolling out these trainings in three Georgia communities: Clarkston, Dalton, and Valdosta. DPH is initially focusing on communities that have a high percentage of the population that speaks a language other than English in the home and/or a high percentage of racial and ethnic minorities.
Page last updated 12/15/16