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Quarterly Newsletter | January 2018
Campaign Updates
Happy New Year! The results of the 2017 Messaging Awareness Survey are in and can be found here. ECOP consistent messaging makes a difference. Don't forget to order 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids materials from the One Stop ECOP Shop to share with partner organizations and families in your community.   
Infant Feeding Resources

Responsive feeding allows babies to eat based on their sense of hunger and fullness preventing overeating and obesity later in life. To learn more, the 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids recorded webinar Baby Bites: A review of current and recent updates on infant feeding can be found here.  

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight released a series of resources called Building a Foundation for Healthy Active Living to help pediatricians, public health professionals and other providers improve their patient care and engage families in healthier living. Resources include:
  • Provider education modules to support clinical care including appropriate nutrition, safe and supportive environments, and stable and responsive relationships related to feeding styles and eating routines. 
  • Consumer-focused materials designed to increase awareness about key behaviors such as responsive and complementary feeding.
More information can be found on AAP’s Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight’s website
National News
February is American Heart Month

The American Heart Association (AHA) released new blood pressure guidelines in November 2017 describing that people with readings of 130/80 are now considered to have high blood pressure. Previously, high blood pressure was defined as 140/90.

The AHA recommends lifestyle modifications as a first line of defense to prevent heart disease. The recommendations for a heart-healthy diet include reducing salt and incorporating potassium-rich foods  such as bananas, potatoes, avocados and dark leafy vegetables.

Other recommendations are losing weight, quitting smoking cigarettes, cutting back on alcohol and increasing physical activity.

Healthy blood pressure is very important during pregnancy. It is recommended that pregnant women  follow healthy lifestyle habits, like gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy, to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. 
Partner News
Colorado Public Radio Recognition

Healthy foods and beverages are essential for heart health. The Cooking Up Healthy Options with Plants (CHOP) program's work to increase the consumption of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables and/or on-site garden produce by children in care earned local and national recognition. Their three pronged approach of onsite gardening, nutrition education and culinary training is making a difference in Colorado communities. 

The Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact is helping hospitals practice what they preach to build healthier nutrition environments by reducing or eliminating unhealthy foods and beverages and promoting breastfeeding. More information about the nation's only such statewide initiative and the 25 hospitals that have joined the Compact can be found here
No Cost Training

Want to build healthy habits in early care and education settings in your community? Consider participating in one of Healthy Child Care Colorado's engaging and enlightening Moving into Wellness trainings: 
  • Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Loveland. Register here
  • Saturday, February 3 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Denver. Register here.
The trainings focus on early childhood obesity prevention by delivering innovative professional development experiences to raise awareness, develop skill and support the integration of best practices and policies. Each session offers I am moving, I am learning training and a Wellness Champion program. 
Heart Health Newsletter

Interested in learning more about heart health? Sign up to receive The Cardio and Diabetes Link newsletter. 
In this issue:
Campaign Updates
National News
Partner News

Observance Resources:

January 7-13

CHOP Culinary Training
January 20 - Colorado Springs

January 27 and February 3 - Denver

More information  can be found here

Let's get social: Using social media to brand WIC
A WIC Wellness Coordinator Webinar 

February 15, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Intended Audience: WIC staff, child care providers and public health partners. 

Webinar link:


Public Health/ Parks and Recreation Collaborative Annual Summit:
For the Sake of Connecting with our Communities

March 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Buck Recreation Center
Littleton, CO 
Registration opens in January

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

March 16-17, 2018
More info here

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