Eat Well Play Hard is free and promotes a culture of health and supports healthy lifestyle
Funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings
The Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Oneida Countyis
inviting eligible child care centers to participate in the Eat Well Play Hard
in Child Care Settings (Eat Well Play Hard) Champion initiative. This initiative uses a center-wide approach to create an
environment that promotes a culture of health and supports
initiative is provided at no cost. It is funded by the United States
Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program:
Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program (SNAP-Ed) and administered by the New York State Department of Health
(NYSDOH) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Extension of Oneida County, a New York State Department of Health
CACFP grant recipient, will partner with your center and designate an Eat
Well Play Hard Nutritionist to work with you for 16 weeks. The Nutritionist
- Offer support, technical assistance
and mentorship as you work on your center’s goals to improve your nutrition,
mealtime and physical activity environments. Together, you will:
a Champion Workgroup to create or enhance policies and best practices.
snack menus to include more fresh fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy.
communicate nutrition and physical activity messages to families.
a CACFP Breastfeeding Friendly designation.
- Conduct trainings and workshops for
children, families, and staff, including:
lessons in all preschool classrooms. Each lesson includes three activities,
i.e. a nutrition, food discovery, and movement activity.
workshops for families.
center-wide staff trainings, plus an introduction to the Champion initiative,
to prepare staff to work toward your center’s goals.
- Provide a toolkit of materials to:
family style dining during mealtimes.
physical activity for children.
preschool teachers in leading nutrition and movement lessons in the classroom.
After 16-weeks, centers will:
- Become part of a network of other
Champion centers working toward sustaining similar goals.
- Receive a Refresher Training from
your Eat Well Play Hard Nutritionist.
- Be invited to annual Advanced
Practice Workshops for continued support of healthy lifestyles in your center.
Last updated February 11, 2021