A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee:  Let's Eat Well and Play Every Day!
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                The Basics

  • The GOAL of the program is to provide education and increase awareness in:  childcare providers, children ages 3-5, and their families in the areas of healthy eating and active play.
  • The program is designed to be implemented over a 12-week period and provides classroom activities as well as take-home resources for parents that may be done as a family.  Activities can be done in as little as 30-45 minutes per day and can be tailored to each teacher's individual lesson plan.
  • Online training materials are available.
  • Participants completing the online training program can submit certificates of completion to the Department of Human Services for approved training hours.
Why Target Preschool Children and Their Families?

  • Statistics are unfavorable for childhood obesity, health issues due to secondhand smoke, low consumption of fruits and vegetables, lack of physical activity, and other chronic health conditions and unhealthy behavior.
  • Health habits are instilled at an early age and are much harder to change when we become adults.
  • In Tennessee, the Coordinated School Health Program does an excellent job with children of school age, but there are limited resources for the preschool ages - until NOW!
  • Starting education early makes sense, and the A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee: Let's Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware Every Day program and its partner program, Gold Sneakers, can help!
           What about our partner                           program, Gold Sneakers?

The goal of Gold Sneakers is to enhance policy related to physical activity and nutrition with licensed childcare facilities in Tennessee. 

The program is a collaborative effort between the Tennessee Department of Health, Department of Human Services, and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. 

Why not participate in BOTH "Gold Sneakers" to implement policy change in your childcare center as well as "A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee:  Let's Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware Every Day" to back up that policy in the classroom with hands-on learning activities and resources for parents and families?

Please see the "Contact Us"page to contact the Gold Sneakers program director.  You may visit the "Training" page of this site for information on implementing the "A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee:  Let's Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware Every Day program.
             The Details

The A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee:  Let's Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware Every Day program is designed to provide materials and activities to supplement efforts already taking place in the classroom of childcare providers of children ages 3-5 relative to active play/fitness, nutrition, and healthy living.  While the program can be used as a stand-alone curriculum, it was specifically designed for integration into existing healthy living activities and programming, allowing childcare providers opportunities to utilize new resources and materials without duplicating efforts already being made in   the classroom.

The program is based on 2007-2011 pilot studies in multiple childcare centers, including an in-depth field study in two childcare centers during 2010.  The program has been modified based on outcomes from the pilot sites and fields studies as well as feedback from expert reviewers as part of Vanderbilt University's Center for Clinical and Translational research.

The development of the A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee project helps meet goals set forth in the 2013-2017 Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan including (a) increasing promotion of primary prevention to reduce the risk of various cancers through healthful eating habits and physical activity, and (b) raising awareness of cancer.  The focus of the project is to educate childcare providers on the importance of healthy lifestyle habits , who will in turn educate children and their parents and families.  Ultimately, this may reduce the incidence of chronic disease in later life including cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity,and of course, cancer.

The project is facilitated by Middle Tennessee State University Center for Health and Human Services, with funding through Middle Tennessee State University Center for Physical Health and Activity in Youth.  


Think about the impact YOU as a childcare provider might have on a child's health and well-being and consider implementing the A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee AND Gold Sneaker initiatives in YOUR childcare program!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.  ~ Dr. Seuss
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