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Culture of Wellness in Preschools

Project Overview


​The Culture of Wellness in Preschools is a collaborative intervention aimed at promoting a “culture of wellness” in Head Start preschools in the Denver Metropolitan area.  This project includes the implementation of a range of programs and activities aimed at increasing daily healthy eating and physical activity for preschool students, staff and parents in 26 Head Start centers. For more information on our project, please visit our website at www.cowpcolorado.com.


Activities and programs are provided in three settings:

​CHILD

  • Nutrition curriculum
  • Activity curriculum / programs

​HOME

  • Parent nutrition classes
  • Parent nutrition newsletter
  • BMI assessment + Heartprint

PRESCHOOL

  • Built environment / policy change
  • Staff motivational interviewing training
  • Site health promoters
  • Staff nutrition classes
  • Staff worksite wellness
  • Nutrition & activity educational bins


Distinctive features of the program include:
  • Expanding and coordinating evidence-based or promising nutrition education, physical activity or policy/environmental change interventions;
  • Taking a socio-ecological perspective and implementing a multi-level intervention that combines behavioral and environmental components;
  • Focusing on sustainability via capacity-building (e.g., implementing the train the trainer model, so that Head Start parents and staff can become Health Promoters/Promotores de Salud); and
  • A community-academic partnership, whereby the academic partners can bring the latest evidence-based practices to the community and the community partners can bring experiential knowledge about the Head Start culture, policies and procedures, and about the population that Head Start serves.
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