Healthy Eating, Active Living (H.E.A.L.)

Our professional nursing staff work with child care providers to encourage healthy eating for the children in their care.

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) grant funds come through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The overall goal is to reduce two primary risk factors for developing chronic diseases: physical inactivity and unhealthy eating.

Focusing on Nutrition and Physical Activity the $16,703 grant will provide start up funds for 5 MOve Smart physical activity certifications and 5 Eat Smart certifications for child care facilities in Phelps and Maries Counties.

Partners include the Phelps/Maries County Health Department, the University of Missouri Extension, and child care facilities located throughout Phelps and Maries counties.

With national overweight and obesity rates at an all time high, the HEAL grant aims to battle unhealthy body weight through increased physical activity among preschool-aged children and increased opportunities for nutritious foods. The MOve Smart certification is awarded to child care facilities that meet certain physical activity requirements, including providing 120 minutes of physical activity daily and limiting sedentary time throughout the day. Funding will purchase physical activity equipment and curriculum necessary for child care facilities to become MOve Smart certified. The MOve Smart program aims to introduce physical activity at an early age, developing lifelong healthy habits.

HEAL funding will also provide materials and assistance for 5 child care facilities to obtain certification as Eat Smart facilities. These facilities work to make menu improvements by offering more whole grains and fruits and vegetables and less processed foods and fewer sweets. Eat Smart facilities expose children to healthier eating habits early in life that can make a difference for a lifetime.

Working with child care providers to offer your child healthier foods — caring for your family, caring for our community, caring for YOU!