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Ohio Healthy Programs

The Ohio Healthy Program was created in response to the growing concern surrounding childhood obesity. According to the 2019 Community Health Assessment, nearly 34% of 6th graders and 54% of 12th graders in Lorain County are overweight or obese. Lorain County Public Health trains and recognizes programs meeting Ohio Healthy Program standards. Both early care and education programs have the opportunity to earn recognition as an Ohio Healthy Program.

Steps towards this designation include

  • Attending 15 hours of Ohio Approved training for administrators, cooks, and teachers
  • Implementing one new wellness policy each year
  • Improving menus
  • Engaging families

Center Resources

  • Child Action Toolkit
  • Healthy Menu Templates
  • Healthy Menu Samples
  • Wellness Policy Samples
  • Healthy messaging poster downloads

Upcoming Trainings

Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) will host three Ohio Healthy Programs (OHP) training sessions at the Amy Levin Conference and Learning Center, 1165 N. Ridge Road in Lorain, Ohio. The sessions include 15 hours of Ohio Approved training for teachers, cooks and administrators at no cost.

At the OHP training, attendees learn how to introduce fresh, tasty, kid-friendly menu options. They also receive a toolkit of activities and easy-to-use resources. Additionally, attendees get tips to help families create healthy habits at home. Sessions run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Session 1 (ID# ST10086875): Lead teachers from each age level/classroom attend on Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 for a total of 10 hours of Ohio Approved training on healthy habits. Staff must attend all four parts of this session to earn credit for the Ohio Approved training.
  • Session 2 (ID# ST10086880): Cooks and administrators attend on Nov. 13 for 2.5 hours of Ohio Approved training.
  • Session 3 (ID# ST10086882):  Administrators attend on Nov. 20 for 2.5 hours of Ohio Approved training.

Register for OHP training - visit OCCRRA.org, click “find training,” and search the ID number above. To get help with registration, email Amanda at aaccordino@LorainCountyHealth.com or call 440-284-3218.

Designated Programs

In Lorain County, the following programs have received and maintained their OHP designation:

  • Child Garden
  • Child Garden Grafton
  • Child Garden Wellington
  • Diane Willis, Type B Family Provider
  • Kendal Early Learning Center
  • Little Lighthouse Learning Center
  • Raquel Chisholm, Type B Family Provider
  • Rockin Round the Clock
  • Southside Horizon Activities Center

If your center is interested in Ohio Healthy Programs, contact us at healthed@loraincountyhealth.com. LCPH is available to assist your center, providing technical assistance and training that fit your schedule.