Preschool awarded Ohio Healthy Program designation


EATON — Bright Beginnings Preschool and Child Care Center at 3022 Camden Sugar Valley Road has recently been awarded the designation of an Ohio Healthy Program.

This program is available to all early care and education programs statewide. Ohio Health Programs (OHP) was created in 2010 by Ohio Childcare Resource and Referral Association through funding from the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Healthy Ohio. The program includes staff training, menu improvement, policy development and family engagement strategies designed to establish healthy weight environments. Childhood overweight and obesity has reached critical proportions in Ohio and across our nation. OHP is an obesity prevention effort focused on creating healthy food and beverage habits, healthy physical activity habits and a healthy body image for both children and the adults who care for them.

The Preble County Health District receives grant funds from the Ohio Department of Health to implement OHP in our county’s child care facilities. The Preble County Health District was pleased to work with Bright Beginnings owner Teresa Eddy and her staff during their trainings and menu improvements. Teresa was glad to realize the menu changes were not difficult and the children accepted the minor food changes very well. The teachers learned new ways to incorporate nutrition education and physical activity in their classrooms. The children will enjoy the OHP incentive items received, that help them stay active and learn more about gardening.

To keep up with other public health–related issues make sure to check out Preble County Public Health online at www.preblecountyhealth.org, through Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrebleCoHealth and on Twitter at @PrebleCoHealth! We are also available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8a.m.-4 p.m. by phone at 937-472-0087.

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By Anita Stoner

Preble County Public Health