The Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Shape, HealthMPowers, Inc. and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning will offer free training to staff from early care centers at the Coastal Health District conference room (400 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Training will center around a tool kit, which provides a step-by-step process to guide early care educators in the development and/or improvement of nutrition and physical activity policies and practices. This educational learning experience is a Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning approved CEU course allowing participants to earn required training units while strengthening their wellness policy efforts to create healthy environments for students to learn and teachers to work. This training also helps move centers toward achievement of Quality Rated standards set by the Department of Early Care and Learning.
Physical activity and nutrition are essential for children to develop healthy lifestyles that will help reduce the risk of chronic disease later in life. To that end, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Shape, HealthMPowers, Inc. and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning have developed Growing Fit Kit: Wellness Policies for Georgia’s Early Care Environment. Two free four-hour sessions will be held to present the tool kit to early care center coordinators and staff. The tool kit also contains an explanation of the importance of a wellness policy, a self-assessment tool to evaluate current policies and practices, success stories from other early care settings, healthy eating and physical activity resources, and a planning document with suggestions and examples for writing the policy.
To register for either training session, please contact Cristina Gibson at 912-644-5818 or email cristina. firstname.lastname@example.org.