Presentation Title

Opportunities to Integrate Farm to ECE into Early Care Policies

Primary Presenter Brief Bio

Beth Stevenson has worked in public health for over 30 years. Her current works as public health consultant with HealthMPowers leveraging the skills of community level teams to implement policy and systems changes in early care settings. Most recently she was with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 10 years and prior to that with the National Office of the American Cancer Society. At CDC, Beth served in multiple positions including as Goal Team Leader for the CDC-wide effort to address child health. With the American Cancer Society, she developed and implemented a 3-year training model for school/community teams to actively change policies to improve the health of students. Beth is a passionate advocate for children and for the importance of nutrition and physical activity in early childhood.

Type of Presentation

Regular Session

Location

Room 2903

Topic Category

Strand 2: Nurturing Healthy Children

Targeted Age Group

Infant, Toddler, Preschool

Targeted Audience

Family Child Care, Child Care Center, Directors/Administrators

Brief Session Description

Adopting wellness policies can make a difference: children miss less school, are more active, and have access to healthier food choices. This session helps Early Care Providers promote and policies with a focus on Farm to School and school gardens.

Full Session Description

Adopting wellness policies can make a difference: children miss less days of school, are more active during the day, and have access to healthier food choices. Parents are excited by strong policies that show their children are in a special early care setting that cares strongly about health. Teachers can look after their own health while they share ideas for being healthy role models in the classroom. Wellness policies demonstrate that your organization recognizes the importance of lifelong health. HealthMPowers partners with Early Care Providers to strengthen health programming and policies across all nutrition and physical activity domains that are assessed by the Georgia Department of Public Health -- including Farm to Early Care programs. With a focus on the Department of Early Care and Learning Nutrition and Physical Activity assessment, this session will showcase some of the creative ways ECE settings are using Farm to School and school gardens as part of a comprehensive approach to helping children and their families live healthy for a lifetime. This session will be active and participants should come prepared to move, to gather new ideas and come away with a list of next steps to build their own healthy environments.

Start Date

20-1-2018 1:15 PM

End Date

20-1-2018 2:30 PM

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Jan 20th, 1:15 PM Jan 20th, 2:30 PM

Opportunities to Integrate Farm to ECE into Early Care Policies

Room 2903

Adopting wellness policies can make a difference: children miss less school, are more active, and have access to healthier food choices. This session helps Early Care Providers promote and policies with a focus on Farm to School and school gardens.