Developing and Implementing a Healthy Lifestyle Policy
Goal: Participants will have an opportunity to understand the
process and tools used to develop and implement a Healthy
Lifestyle Policy.
Outcomes: Participants will be able to…
- Discuss challenges in the process
- Identify process to create a policy
- Utilize the NAP-SAC tool to assess nutrition and physical
activity in their program.
Presented by Steve Erwin
Small group activity
What concerns you about the health of
children in your programs?
What have you done to support healthy
lifestyles for your children in your programs.
Do you discuss healthy lifestyle issues with
Do you think this is any of your concern as a
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in
America have tripled.
Nearly one in three children in America are overweight or
Higher in African American and Hispanic communities,
where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese.
If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born
in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in
their lives.
Others will face chronic obesity-related health problems
like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and
One more reason
Decide if your program should make “healthy
lifestyle part of your curriculum.
Communicate with parents about the decision
and invite them to be part of process.
Assess your program’s current ability in
supporting healthy lifestyle.
Assess staff’s attitudes and cultural beliefs
about a healthy lifestyle.
Develop a policy with staff and parents.
Develop and implement strategies for healthy
Small group activity
 What did you eat growing up?
 How did adults get you to try new things to eat?
 What has changed about what and how you eat
 How do you help children to try new things to
 What if someone told you that you could not eat
what you wanted to?
Small Group –
Each member
take a page of
the assessment
and review. If
time permits
exchange pages.
Other Considerations
Screen time – NAEYC Position Statement:
Key Messages
• When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and
interactive media are effective tools to support learning and
• Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators
to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools
and the implications of their use with children.
• Limitations on the use of technology and media are important.
• Special considerations must be given to the use of technology with
infants and toddlers.
• Attention to digital citizenship and equitable access is essential.
• Ongoing research and professional development are needed.
Other Considerations
Ellyn Satter – Division of Responsibility in Feeding
Gardens – Farm to School – Organic
Vaccines for Your Children
Small group activity- Discuss what would an action plan
need to include to begin the discussion of Healthy
Lifestyle Policy in your program.
- Who would you invite to begin this process?
- How or would use the NAP-SAC?
- How would this impact your food program?
- What considerations would you address (example:
cultural, physical activity, screen time etc.)?
- Would you develop a philosophy statement?
- Outline a scope of work?
- If you have a plan in place share your
Thank you – Steve Erwin