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Quarterly Newsletter | April 2019

Campaign Updates

Consistent ECOP 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.
Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference:

Chef Britt Martens (upper left), Emily Bash (right) and Meghan George-Nichols (lower left) of CDPHE's Nutrition Services Branch presented at the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference in March 2019. The trio presented Integrating Nutrition and Physical Activity into the Early Care and Education Setting including:

National Resources

Health Tips for Families

Print and share these one-page factsheets with tips to start healthy habits early (available in 13 languages) with caregivers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Topics include:
  • Active play.
  • Health literacy: A key to understanding and using health information.
  • Healthy breathing at home.
  • Healthy eating. 
  • Mental health.
  • Oral health.
  • Safety and injury prevention.
Share in combination with the American Heart Association's Fruit & Veggie Toolkit for Kids to make mealtimes more fun and less stressful.  
The Timing of Early Infant Feeding

Caregivers of infants may receive conflicting information and are often unsure of when, what or how to introduce solid foods to infants. Share with them the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN)'s recently published Guidelines and Health Conditions Related to Timing of Early Infant Feeding: A review. The document reviews best practices associated with infant feeding related to:
  • Overweight and obesity.
  • Allergies.
  • Breastfeeding and alternatives.
  • Anemia and iron.
Help caregivers take the fear out and put fun into feeding infants. 
State of Babies

Babies are born with unlimited potential. The state where they are born and live during their first three years makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life.

For the first time, ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends are telling the state-by-state story of America’s babies. Colorado ranks at or near the top for policies supporting good health and positive early learning 
The report also outlines several areas where Colorado has room to grow.

Visit the State of Babies website to learn more and spread the word!
Screen Time and Brain Development

A recent study found higher screen time viewing at age 2 and 3 years is associated with delays in meeting developmental milestones at 3 and 5 years. Other factors may be involved; however, when parents limit screen time amount and content, it is a powerful protective factor for a wide range of children's health and wellness indicators. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children ages 2 to 5 years to one hour a day of high-quality programming and avoiding screen time for children younger than 18 months, except video chatting. They also offer helpful tips for families to manage children's screen time. 

Partner News

Weld County CATCH Spotlight

Mike is on the move, literally. Mike Schwan, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Coordinator and Community CATCH Early Childhood Trainer for Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, trains Colorado Early Education Network (CEEN) Directors and staff on CATCH implementation. He follows the training with technical assistance and support including onsite visits to observe and coach staff in leading CATCH activities, work through barriers, and set realistic goals to increase implementation. 

Since 2018, Mike has trained 10 sites serving 562 children and plans to train more sites in the coming years. More about this exciting work and its impact on the community plus implementation videos can be found here
Tri-County Health Department's Educational Videos

Tri-County Health Department completed a series of three animated, educational videos to help communicate health promoting tips with early care and education professionals. Each five minute video includes helpful information for child care operators. The videos work best in Google Chrome.  

The first video gives an introduction for child care professionals about their role with health promotion and covers a broad set of topics such as sanitizing, hand washing and leading by example. 

The second video provides an overview of nutrition and food safety in the child care setting. Topics include breastmilk handling, the use of produce, family style meal service, access to drinking water, involving children in food preparation and healthy donated food. 

The third video covers disease prevention in the child care setting and shares the important steps that are taken to prevent communicable illness from spreading within a center if an outbreak occurs. If an increase in illness does happen, the steps highlighted in this video can help prevent it from growing larger.   

If you have any questions about these videos, feel free to reach out to Amanda Gersabeck, Early Childhood Nutrition Specialist or Kaycee Kimball, Environmental Health Specialist. 
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) School Nutrition Unit is reaching more youth in underserved areas by maximizing the types of meal services offered and implementing innovative feeding models with the goal of increasing participation in summer food service. 

The SFSP Outreach Toolkit includes resources and tools to help spread the word about summer meals programs in Colorado, including media and public relations tools and promotional materials and signage. The CDE School Nutrition Unit is also able to provide magnets to distribute to families. If interested, please complete this form
For more information, please visit the SFSP webpage or feel free to contact Ashley Moen at or 303.866.6653.
In this issue:

Campaign Updates
National News
Partner News


Every Kid Healthy Week
April 22 - 26

Screen-Free Week
April 29 - May 5

National Women's Health Week
May 12 - 18

National Great Outdoors Month

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month


Action for Healthy Kids Parent Workshop:
MOVE more, LEARN more: Increasing physical activity
at school 

Training available in English and Spanish
April 8
Register here 

Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2019 Annual Nutrition Conference and Exhibition

April 26 - 27
Register here

Maternal Weight Thought Partner Meeting
April 29
Register here

35th Annual Community and School Health Pediatric Conference
June 13-14
Register here

One Stop ECOP Shop
For providers and consumers
View Materials
Order Materials
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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