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Promoting a Culture of Wellness in Preschools

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The Culture of Wellness in Preschools (COWP) is a comprehensive and collaborative early childhood obesity program, which aims to promote a “culture of wellness” in preschool settings by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity levels. This is accomplished by bringing the following to preschool sites throughout Colorado: 

  • Classroom-based nutrition education
  • Preschool physical activity professional development program
  • Parent wellness workshop series
  • Staff workplace wellness program 
  • Strategic planning process to make center environment and policy changes that focus on increasing healthy eating and physical activity levels 

All program components are evidence-based or promising practices. 

From its inception, COWP has reached 15,000 students, parents and teachers, 150 low-income preschools and early childhood education centers, and 11 Colorado counties.