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CATCH Kits available soon through library check-out
Child care providers looking for ways to incorporate more physical activity and healthy eating education in their curriculum will soon have a resource available to them through Living Health in Washington County. Read more here.

Success Story
Introducing healthy foods and more activity at a young age gives children the jump start they need for a healthy life. Living Healthy in Washington County supports child care providers to offer healthy choices to the children through free trainings on nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding supports. Learn more about this successful partnership (here).

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)
CATCH Early Childhood is designed to nurture a love of physical activity which supports early learning, so that little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun!

Here’s what child care providers have to say about CATCH:

“I gained the awareness of how simple activities can be fun for all the children”

“I will start planning more games that all the kids can play and be involved in”

“I am looking forward to implementing this curriculum into our program”

“It has been a pleasure bringing the CATCH Early Childhood Program to child care providers throughout Washington County.  This is a program that is fun, easy to use, and fills the need for more ideas that encourage structured play and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.  At each training, staff have enjoyed themselves, and have been enthusiastic about incorporating the activities into their classroom”. 
-SHIP Child Care Consultant

The following child care providers have been trained in the CATCH curriculum, and use the program to engage the chinldren with fun games that increase their activity during the day.

Head Start - Stillwater, Newport, Forest Lake and Oakdale
Kidz Place - Hugo
KinderGardens - Hugo
Our Community Kitchen - Stillwater
Paidea - Oakdale
Peace of Mind - Woodbury
Pony Preschool - Bayport
Room for Growing - Forest Lake
St. Ambrose - Woodbury
St. Luke's - Cottage Grove
Time for Me Early Learning Center - Lake Elmo

Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA) 
Child care providers in Washington County have been trained in the Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA) curriculum. The goal of the LANA Preschool Program is to help young children learn to taste, eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables in order to promote good health, including healthy weight and reduced risk of chronic disease.

“It’s exciting to see the progress towards healthier practices in child care centers using the LANA program. The providers who have participated have all been excited to take this curriculum to the classroom. Centers are incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their menus and using activities in their classroom that create conversations around healthy eating.”
- SHIP Child Care Nutrition Coordinator

The following child care providers have been trained in the LANA curriculum, and continue to use the program to engage the children with fun activities that enhance their healthy food experiences.

Carol Mathey’s - Oakdale
Head Start - Stillwater, Newport, Forest Lake and Oakdale
Kidz Place - Hugo
Kindergardens - Hugo
Lake Area Discovery - multiple sites
Minniapple Montessori - Oakdale
Peace of Mind - Woodbury
Pony Preschool - Bayport
Room for Growing -Forest Lake
Paidea Child Development Center - Lake Elmo
St. Ambrose Child Care - Woodbury
St Croix Kids - Stillwater
Stepping Stones - Woodbury
Time for Me Early Learning Center - Lake Elmo
Warm World - Stillwater

Here is what providers have to say about LANA:

"Parents have loved the LANA program and it has been a huge selling point for our center.  The kids enjoy tasting different fruits and vegetables and one of their favorite snacks is the sweet potato smoothie.  They have also loved the various art projects and games that incorporate fruits and vegetables.  After quite some time of using the list of fruits and vegetables that LANA provides, we have expanded the list ourselves and have even tried to make our choices seasonal."

"Our kids and staff have really enjoyed the menu planning, activities, and weekly cooking projects.  The LANA program has really helped our staff see how willing kids are to try new foods.  We are now focusing more on fresh fruits and vegetables and are even doing a garden."

"Since starting the LANA program our kids are enjoying the opportunity to do some actual cooking!  We are seeing more of a willingness to try new foods and a desire to share it with their parents who are amazed at what their kids are doing at school!"

For more information, contact Christina Swigart, Consultant, 651-335-2334, christine@practical-nutrition.net

Partners:
Community Services Licensing Division

Child Care Providers

Early Childhood Family Education

Head Start

Parent Aware

Washington County Child Care Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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