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Joan Cook from the Tennessee Department of Health will train local licensed child-care specialists about the Gold Sneaker Initiative at Cleveland State Community College Thursday evening.
Cleveland State’s Nancy Thomas explained the visit is a part of the work being completed by the college’s students studying to be nurses.
“The first cohort of nursing students had done a whole big service learning project on smoking cessation,” Thomas explained.
“They made a video, and they went to the middle schools. Because of that work, [the Bradley County Health Department] knew of our interest in smoking cessation in the community.”
The Health Department asked Cleveland State if the students would be interested in handling the Gold Sneaker Initiative as a part of the anti-tobacco campaign, which also includes Baby and Me and work completed in the local school systems through Coordinated School Health.
Cleveland State students visited the various child-care centers in the area to introduce the Gold Sneaker Initiative.
Thomas said about 15 child-care centers have expressed an interest in the program. The students hope more will show up for Thursday night’s training.
The program is designed to enhance policy related to the “health and wellness” of children in daycare settings.
The three-pronged initiative focuses on physical activity, a center’s tobacco policy and nutrition standards.
There are nine sub-policies split between the three categories. The physical sub-policies include items like:
- Children ages 12 months or older attending a full-day program shall be offered at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, either indoors or outdoors. Children attending less than a full-day program shall be offered a proportional amount of such activities.
- Viewing of television, videos and other visual recordings shall be limited to no more than 60 minutes per day of educational programs or programs that activitely engage child movement.
The nutrition sub-policies focus on items such as feeding patterns, including adequate time for meal consumption, files with correct pattern information for each child and appropriate portion sizes.
The tobacco sub-policy maintains the child-care facility shall be tobacco free.
Thomas said the application process can be completed online in three to four hours. The training Thursday night will take around three hours, one hour for dinner donated by Olive Garden and two hours for training.
Centers who participate in the initiative will receive:
- A certificate of achievement signed by Gov. Bill Haslam,
- Two Gold Sneaker stickers to be placed on the entrances of the facility,
- Access to an electronic Gold Sneaker logo for materials produced by the center and
- Recognition on the Department of Health and Gold Sneaker websites.
Those who wish to attend must RSVP to Thomas no later than Wednesday, Aug. 23.
More information can be found by contacting Nancy Thomas by phone at 472-7141 ext. 373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.