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Pennsylvania Supports National Anti-Obesity Efforts for Children

Early childhood obesity is a barrier to children’s growth and development. The early years are a critical time for developing lifelong habits for eating, exercise and learning. Early care and education programs play a crucial role in setting young children on a healthy path for life. 


“We know the cure for this. This isn’t like putting a man on the moon or inventing the internet – it doesn’t take some stroke of genius or feat of technology. …Rarely in the history of this country have we encountered a problem of such magnitude and consequence that is so eminently solvable.” 

                                                           –Michelle Obama 


Let's Move!

Pennsylvania currently offers several initiatives that demonstrate local efforts that reinforce the national Let’s Move! Campaign. Let’s Move! is dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity across the country. Learn more about Let’s Move! 


Better Kid Care 

Better Kid Care is an On Demand Distance Education system providing professional development online. Better Kid Care has developed online lessons related to the national Let’s Move! Campaign. Click here to access. 


Early Childhood Education Linkage System 

Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) provides consultation, training, and technical assistance on health and safety in child care. Much of our work is focused in Pennsylvania. In addition, we share resources with colleagues in other states and countries. We link quality improvement efforts of government, early childhood educators,  health professionals, and other organizations. Learn more about ECELS.


Screening Resources/Training for Early Childhood Providers

This FREE professional development session is designed for child care program directors, early care and education professionals, family child care providers, MIECHV and other home visitors, Head Start staff, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, Regional Key staff and instructors. Click here to access.


Keystone Kids Go! 

Keystone Kids Go! (KKG) is an initiative in Pennsylvania focused on improving young children’s nutrition and physical activity. Learn more about Keystone Kids Go!


Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care 

Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAP SACC) is an online continuous quality improvement intervention designed to help child care providers improve nutrition and physical activity practices within their early childhood care settings. Learn more about PA NAP SACC. 


I am Moving/I am Learning 

Interactive training program full of high-energy lessons, music, and resources. Lessons focus on improving the amount and quality of physical activity and healthy food choices for children and adults. Learn more about I am Moving/I am Learning.


Professional Development

Go to www.pakeys.org and log in, then select PD Registry. Go to the Course Category search option. Select Course Category Knowledge Area 7 (K7). Then choose Competency Group 1 for Health and/or Competency Group 3 for Nutrition. The registry will list all of the health trainings offered in Pennsylvania.

Registry Keyword Search for PD

    • Childhood obesity prevention
    • Healthy Living
    • I am Moving I am Learning
    • Keystone Color Me Healthy 
    • Keystone Kids Go
    • Let’s Move
    • Oral Health
    • PA Healthy and Green 
    • Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity for Childcare Centers

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