Eat. Move. Talk!

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
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.
As a part of this work, DPH has created a health disparities profile for the priority communities that will enable the DPH to understand the state of healthy eating, physical activity, and language acquisition/literacy in the priority communities and to demonstrate the impact and progress of this project over time. This project is funded by Office of Minority Health’s Special Partnership Initiative to End Health Disparities.


Additional Resources

Georgia State Partnership for Food and Language Nutrition Health Disparities Profiles

National Partnership of Action to End Health Disparities


Page last updated 12/15/16