Three Lady Gowrie early childhood centres in Northern Tasmania have been recognised for supporting healthy habits in the centres' daily routines.
Norwood Child Centre, Lady Gowrie Alanvale Child Centre and Lady Gowrie University North Child Centre have been presented with awards under the Move Well Eat Well – Early Childhood Award Program for making healthy choices easy, positive and normal, for every child, every day.
Tasmania's free Move Well Eat Well – Early Childhood Award Program helps many early childhood services embed healthy eating and physical activity into everyday routines.
Since the program was launched last year, 112 long day care, family day care services and kindergartens have become Move Well Eat Well – Early Childhood Members. Each has received on-site professional learning and locally-developed resources from Population Health Services within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Helping children develop healthy habits is vital because prevention is better than cure. When children develop healthy habits in relation to physical activity and healthy eating, these behaviours become normal to them. This helps them stay healthy into adulthood, and avoid the serious problems linked with obesity and being overweight.
The Move Well Eat Well – Early Childhood Award Program complements the highly successful Move Well Eat Well – Primary School Award Program, which has 156 member schools across Tasmania.
It is funded through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative.
To achieve the Move Well Eat Well award, Lady Gowrie services aligned all their policies and practices to the Move Well Eat Well principles:
- Tap into water every day
- Plant fruit & veg in your lunchbox
- Limit 'occasional' or 'sometimes' foods
- Move, play and go
- Turn off, switch to play
- Stride and ride
Lady Gowrie services provide:
- fruit and vegetables with all meals and snacks
- cups of water for all children, in place of drink-bottles from home
- an emphasis on keeping babies and children active indoors and outdoors every day, including frequent trips to local parks.
More information about Move Well Eat Well is available at www.movewelleatwell.tas.gov.au