LCPH congratulates 14 local child care providers on Ohio Healthy Programs designation

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Fourteen Lorain County child care providers recently received the Ohio Healthy Programs (OHP) designation. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) and the Child Care Resource Center helped these child care providers earn OHP designation. OHP requires centers to take steps to prevent childhood obesity.

“Starting healthy habits at an early age helps set a person up for a lifetime of good health,” says LCPH Health Commissioner Mark Adams, MPH, REHS. “Child care providers play an important role in preventing childhood obesity when they promote healthy foods and physical activity. Many children spend a significant amount of time with child care providers.”

Steps towards OHP designation include: attending Ohio Approved training for administrators, cooks and teachers; implementing a new wellness policy such as reduced screen time; improving menus to include fruit and vegetables daily; and engaging families by sending home healthy recipes, flyers or information about healthy eating or physical activity.

Elyria Neighborhood Alliance’s program director Isabelle Velez reports, “To accompany our new menu changes, we educate teachers on creative ways to prepare snacks by providing a list of healthy ideas for breakfast and lunch.”

As of August 4, 2022, LCPH congratulates the following Lorain County childcare providers on their OHP designation: TDR in Lorain, Faith House Daycare West in Lorain, Faith House Sheffield, Horizon Lorain Community Center, Little Lighthouse Learning Center in Lorain, Oberlin Early Childhood Center, Kids Academy of Sheffield Lake and seven Lorain City Schools locations including Frank Jacinto, Garfield, Hawthorne, Helen Steiner Rice, Larkmoor, Palm and Stevan Dohanos. 

Last year, the following Lorain County childcare providers achieved the OHP designation: Kendal Early Learning Center in Oberlin, Horizon South Elyria Wilkes Villa, Horizon Cascade in Elyria, Horizon ​​Southside Lorain, Horizon East Lorain, Horizon Elyria Dewhurst, All About the Kids in Elyria, Neighborhood Alliance in Lorain and Elyria, Head Start Hopkins Locke in Lorain, Head Start Cascade in Elyria, Head Start LaGrange, Park Place Learning Center in Elyria, Dani’s Garden in Elyria, Child Garden in Grafton and Oberlin, Raquel’s Little Learners in Lorain, Sylvia Oliver in Elyria, Diane’s Day Care and Learning Center in Lorain. Each center must apply for re-designation every other year to maintain designation. 

More info at LorainCountyHealth.com/Ohio-Healthy-Program. Questions? Contact HealthEd@LorainCountyHealth.com or 440-322-6367.