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Quarterly Newsletter | January 2019

Campaign Updates

ECOP consistent messaging makes a difference! Use them to obseve health campaigns (see right margin). Don't forget to order free 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids materials from the One Stop ECOP Shop to share with partner organizations and families in your community.
Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference Session:

The Early Childhood Obesity Prevention (ECOP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Cooking up Healthy Options with Plants (CHOP) programs will be offering a training session at the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference (RMECC) on Friday, March 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. The session will include:
  • How the CACFP can benefit a child care program.
  • Proper knife skills and cooking demo.
  • Active play ideas for early childhood. 
Attend the session or visit our exhibit to learn more!

National News

New Tool to "Move Your Way"

Share the Move Your Way tools and resources with child care providers in your community. Resources are available to learn how to:
  • Ensure children get enough physical activity.
  • Help children understand why physical activity is important.
  • Get moving as a family.
  • Get children moving when stuck in the house.      
Having trouble staying motivated? Use the Activity Planner to build your weekly activity plan:

English: Move Your Way    
Spanish: Muevete a tu manera!
New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The updated physical activity guidelines now includes guidance for preschool children (ages 3-5 years) and outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Key guidelines for preschool-aged children include:
  • Children ages 3-5 years should be physically active throughout the day to enhance growth and development.
  • Adult caregivers should encourage active play that promote a variety of activity types.
National Park Entrance Fee Free Days

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees for five days in 2019:
  • Monday, Jan 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, Aug 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, Sept 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, Nov 11 – Veterans Day
Check out this map to find national parks in Colorado.

*With the government shutdown, some parks may remain accessible, however, access many change without notice. 
Impact of Screen Time on Children's Brains

The National Institutes of Health launched a study of 11,000 children to show the effect of screen time on their brains through scans.  The first wave of data found MRIs show significant differences in the brains of children who use smartphones, tablets and video games more than seven hours a day.

Interviews and data also revealed children who spend more than two hours a day on screens got lower scores on thinking and language tests. 

Children under two are at a critical period for brain development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no digital media use, except video chatting, in children younger than 18 to 24 months because these children don't transfer what they learn to the real world. Visit the AAP's website for more children and media tips. 
Watch the full 60 Minutes story here

Partner News

Launch of Healthy Child Care Colorado

On January 1, 2019, Qualistar sunset and Healthy Child Care Colorado (HCCC) launched as its own organization. Healthy Child Care Colorado is part of a nationwide initiative coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure early childhood programs and health professionals are working together to support children.

HCCC's mission is to work collaboratively to improve the quality of health, safety, and wellness in early childhood programs across Colorado by improving everyday practice of professionals, and by building safe, supportive environments. They are supported through local, state, and national partnerships to promote health, safety and wellness best practices in four priority areas:
  • Obesity Prevention.
  • Social & Emotional Well-being.
  • Oral Health.
  • Injury Prevention.
They also provide grants, professional development experiences, technical assistance and advocacy through:
Promoting and supporting quality improvement in early childhood programs: 
  • Capital Improvement Grants.
  • Professional Development.
  • Assessment.   
  • Technical Assistance & Resources.
  • Early Childhood Job Board.
  • Community Training Calendar.
Serving as the statewide hub for child care health consultation:
  • Health Hub: Registry, Resource Center, Discussion Forum.
  • Professional Development.
  • Technical Assistance.
  • CCHC Leadership Committee.
  • Community Training Calendar.
Healthy Child Care Team:

Taran Schneider, Executive Director
Becky Edwards, Early Childhood Specialist
Katie Maldonado, Child Care Health Consultation Coordinator
Theresa Rapstine, Child Care Health Consultation Coordinator
Jennifer Stucklen, Program Coordinator
In this issue:
Campaign Updates
National News
Partner News

January 6-12:
Folic Acid Awareness Week 


National Children's Dental Health Month

rican Heart Month

National Nutriton Month

CHOP Culinary Trainings for Child Care Providers
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Colorado Springs
January 19
Register here 

January 26 & February 2
Register here 

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference
March 1-2
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Register here

Public Health/ Parks and Recreation Summit
March 8
Register here


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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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