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Early Childhood
Obesity Prevention
Quarterly Newsletter | April 2021

ECOP Resources

New Farm to ECE Website
Interested in learning more about the Farm to ECE efforts in Colorado? Visit the new Farm to ECE website for local food purchasing, gardening, and nutrition education resources.
Decolonizing Breastfeeding 
Through CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) funding, ECOP staff were able to form partnerships with organizations focusing on breastfeeding among Black and African American Colorado families including Families Forward Resource Center, the Center for African American Health, Soul2Soul Sisters, and Elephant Circle.

An advisory board met to plan grant activities and share ideas, develop projects, assess the community needs, and more to decolonize and improve breastfeeding support for Black and African American families in Colorado.

The partnership awarded scholarships to 35 individuals, including three men, to attend a Certified Lactation Educator training, paving the way for them to become lactation educators, raise awareness, and offer critical support to families in their communities.

National News

New Healthy Beverage Resources 
Check out these two new videos to help correct common misconceptions about drinks for young children from The UConn Rudd Center and 1,000 Days. In less than 60 seconds, these videos dispel the marketing hype about fruit drinks and toddler milks
They encourage parents to "keep it simple, keep it real" by serving water and plain mile to young children.

Visit the online partner toolkit for sample social media posts, blog posts, and graphics to help share with your audiences.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Warning Labels Shown to be Effective
A recently released report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverage warning labels on consumer behavior revealed the use of SSB warning labels was associated with choosing fewer SSBs among participants. Twenty-three studies met the eligibility criteria and were included in the review. Read the report and share it with decision-makers in your community.

Partner Updates

ECE Resource Roundup
Looking for resources to support safe and high-quality environments for the children and families you serve? Check out Healthy Child Care Colorado's ECE Resource Roundup. 

By joining, you will be able to post and access:

  • Available positions on the statewide job board.
  • Resources to support your program.
  • Scheduled trainings on the training calendar.
In This Issue:

ECOP Resources
National News
Partner Updates


Every Kid Healthy Week
April 26-30

Screen-Free Week 
May 3-9

National Women's Health Week
May 10-16

National Great Outdoors Month

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month


US Breastfeeding Committee Conference
June 9-11
Register here.


One Stop ECOP Shop
CO Farm to ECE
Colorado CACFP
Breastfeed CO 
Colorado WIC

Emily Bash
The Prevention Services Division improves the health, well-being and equity of all Coloradans through health promotion, prevention and access to health care.
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