General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant
Three community partners (Smart Start of New Hanover county, UNCW’s Obesity Prevention Initiative, and the School of Health & Applied Human Sciences at UNCW) are collaborating on a project to reduce childhood obesity among children 2-5 years old. The project is funded though a 2010 General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids grant ($10,000). The project is funding a free workshop open to ALL licensed child care providers in the county who serve any children ages 2-5 years old. The workshop will be held in Hanover Gymnasium at UNCW on Monday Sept 27th and Tues. Oct 12th, 2010 from 7-8:30pm. Each participant will receive a freeHealthy Hops curriculum (a value of $60.00) as well as ideas for integrating more physical activity into a typical day with young children. Each participant will also earn 1.5 DCD hours (continuing education for child care providers) and can sign up to have a UNCW physical education major come out to their child care facility and lead some follow-up activities.
This unique grant project targets ALL licensed child care providers in our county. This is a massive, collective effort to decrease the percentage of children birth-5 years old who are overweight or obese in New Hanover County (16% currently). The workshop participants will progress through stations led by UNCW PE majors. Each station will describe strategies for teaching various forms of developmentally appropriate locomotion, motor skill development and increasing physical activity. The grant is also funding 5 “Physical Activity Theme Boxes” which contain physical activity equipment and Animal Trackers curriculum . The boxes will be stored at Smart Start, but can be checked out by licensed childcare providers for temporary usage. Both the Healthy Hops and Animal Trackers curricula have been studied extensively and are empirically driven.