Studies show that it is important to start health and wellness habits as early as possible, as children are developing taste preferences, learning to walk and play, and beginning to adopt both healthy and unhealthy patterns. Every child deserves a healthy start in life! Early care and education programs play a crucial role in setting up healthy environments and growing these health and wellness habits!
See our Early Care and Education toolkit for ideas on how to get started!
To get ideas for wellness polices, see the Fit-Tastic! Policy Ideas and Family Letters. For more details and resources on wellness policies in early care and education settings, see the following:
As a partner, you can download 12345 Fit-Tastic! handouts and materials, you’ll receive email updates and newsletters from us, and you’ll be added the HLI partner network! HLI staff can support you in filling a MAPPS for Change, action plan, connecting you with existing resources in your area or providing materials or technical assistance based on the ideas you have!
How have other early care and education providers been involved with the HLI?
There are many ways you could incorporate the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative approaches into your program! Here are some examples from our partners: