The Child Care Wellness Champions project recognized and promoted best practices and policies in five key areas:
- Fruits & vegetables
- Healthy beverages
- Physical activity
- Support for breastfeeding families
- Screen time
The project targeted early- and after-care facilities enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) Child Nutrition Program.
As a partner to ODE, OPHI:
- Convened the Wellness Champions Advisory Committee
- Provided technical assistance to project grantees
- Supported the development and promotion of the Child Care Wellness Warehouse, containing resources and tools to promote the 5 key strategies
- Managed the project evaluation. In November, 2013 the final evaluation was released. The CCWC project increased rates of policies, staff training, and parent education around obesity prevention in early and after care facilities. Rates of participating sites meeting national standards increased across the board. For full details, see the final report.
- To see where the Champions are located around the state, view the map.