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Early Childhood
Obesity Prevention
9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids
Quarterly Newsletter | October 2019

Campaign Updates

ECOP consistent messaging makes a difference!

Use the messages to reinforce the health campaigns in the right margin. Remember 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.
ECOP in ECE Annual Stakeholder Meeting

Thank you to all our partners for participating in the ECOP in ECE Annual Stakeholder Meeting in September.

Missed the meeting? You can visit our website to watch the recorded presentations and review the handouts. Presentations include:

  • Using a Spectrum of Opportunities to Advance ECOP in ECE from the CDC.
  • Colorado Shines, Preschool Development Grant and Licensing Rules from the Office of Early Childhood.
  • Family Engagement and Health Equity Panel.
  • Healthy Child Care Colorado Updates.
  • Advancing Farm to ECE work session.

National News

Obesity Rates Reach Historic Highs

According to the new report by the Trust for America's Health, about one in three Americans of all ages, or more than 100 million people, have obesity. 

Women entering pregnancy as overweight or obese put their child at risk for early childhood obesity. While Colorado is still the leanest state, maternal pre-pregnancy weight continues to rise from 44% of women being overweight or obese pre-pregnancy in 2009-2010 to 48.6% in 2017-2018.

Share our messaging to remind women that healthy eating and staying active are important during pregnancy and encourage women to gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy.

Read the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2019 recommendations for feasible action steps that target the causes of the epidemic and programs and policies that are most likely to reverse it to see where you can make an impact in your community. 
What children drink from birth through age five has a big impact on their health – both now and for years to come. The nation’s leading health organizations came together to set forth healthy drink recommendations for young children ages 0-5 years. For most children, the recommendations can help set them on a path for healthy growth and development. 

Recommendations include introducing sips of water around six months of age, avoiding drinking flavored milks and sugar and low-calorie sweetened beverages, and limiting 100% fruit juice. Supporting resources include:
  • Toolkit.
  • Handouts.
  • Sharable graphics.
  • Recommendations.
  • Videos. 
Share the information and videos with parents, professionals and partners.
New Learning Modules Available

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research unveiled 17 Measures Registry Learning Modules to help researchers, practitioners, students and faculty understand key measurement concepts for research and evaluation projects related to nutrition and physical activity.  

Modules highlight key concepts from four domains: individual diet, food environment, individual physical activity and physical activity environment. They also help walk users through the use of the Measures Registry—a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research.

Use these tools to help accelerate progress in childhood obesity research.
Achieving a State of Healthy Weight

Since 2010, Colorado, along with 38 other states, have adopted licensing regulations that affect Healthy Weight Practices (HWPs) and help prevent childhood obesity in ECE facilities. The HWPs are nutrition and physical activity components of the Caring for Our Children health and safety standards.  

Read the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education's Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2018 Report and Supplemental State Profiles to see where Colorado is rated on aligning with the 47 recommended HWPs. 

Partner News

Early Childhood Health Outdoors Annual Summit

Save the date for the third annual Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Summit on October 26, 2019.

The event includes presentations by leading professionals in the fields of conservation and early childhood education, and outdoor hands-on activities showcasing innovative ideas and concepts you can implement in your own setting.

Register for this unique and impactful day of professional development and shared learning here.

Interest in learning more about why outdoor environments matter? Watch ECHO Program Director Sarah Werner Konradi's TEDx Talk.  
New Culinary Training QuickBite Videos Available 

Cooking Up Healthy Options with Plants (CHOP), in collaboration with LiveWell Colorado, are proud to announce the release of the new online culinary training Quick Bite Videos.

Each short video, offered in both English and Spanish, will introduce a food safety or kitchen efficiency lesson to further engage and update a child care's cook and staff's knowledge. The videos will help all levels of expertise bring their kitchen techniques to the next level. 

Videos can be on the CACFP training website or CO.Train. 
In this issue:

Campaign Updates
National News
Partner News


National Child Health Day
October 7

American Diabetes Month



CACFP and Cooking Matters: A new collaborative training 
Locations around the state in October, November and December
Register here

Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Annual Summit
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
October 26
Register here

8th Annual Updates in Clinical Nutrition Conference
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
November 1
Register here


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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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