Florida Child Care Teachers and Students Hula Hoop for Healthy Kids

For Immediate Release:
September 2, 2014

DCF Press Office

Florida Child Care Teachers and Students Hula Hoop for Healthy Kids
DCF’s PREVENT Obesity initiative encourages healthy food, activities in schools

TALLAHASSEE—Recognizing September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening has kicked off a special hula hoop challenge to child care providers across Florida.

“Our department is teaming up with child care providers across the state to encourage children to be active, get moving and support healthy lifestyles at an early age,” DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said.

This year’s theme, Healthy Options for Obesity Prevention (HOOP), challenges child care providers to be creative with hula hoops – jump through hoops, roll hoops, run through hoops, make an obstacle course out of hoops, relay race and hand off hoops, yoga with hoops, dance with hoops, toss hoops and more. Videos, recipes, tips and photos submitted to the department will be posted on DCF’s social media websites.

With obesity-related problems affecting the health and future of Florida's children, the department started a program in 2012 to provide resources and training to child care providers and families across the state to help prevent childhood obesity. The PREVENT Obesity initiative Provides Resources, Evidence, Valuable Education and Training to reach child care providers throughout Florida.

The PREVENT Obesity initiative seeks to be a catalyst in the fight against childhood obesity by ensuring child care providers are equipped with quality education, best practices and tools in the three proven areas directly linked to obesity prevention: nutrition, physical activity and limiting screen time. Tips include portion and nutritional information, sample menus and alternative activities to screen time.

DCF’s Office of Child Care Regulation and Background Screening regulates licensed child care facilities, licensed and registered family day care homes, and licensed large family child care homes in 62 of the 67 counties in Florida.

For more information on the PREVENT Obesity initiative including healthy menu ideas, training actives and resources visit: www.myflfamilies.com/PREVENTObesity.