Head Start had Heart Health Fair participants dancin’ in the aisles at the annual Women's Heart Health Fair, a free event for women featuring lifestyle presentations, cutting-edge information on medical issues of importance to women and their families, and complimentary heart-health screenings. The event was held at the Dallas Convention Center on Saturday, Feb 9th, and had more than 3,500 people in attendance.
The agency booth featured the new health curriculum, I am Moving I am Learning, which introduces multidisciplinary teams from the local Head Start programs to the science of obesity prevention, and arms them with state-of-the-art resources and best practices for addressing the growing childhood obesity epidemic in an intentional and purposeful manner. Participating Head Start staff attended a two and a half day intensive training program.
I Am Moving, I Am Learning reinforces for programs the importance of the mind-body connection and the relationship between physical fitness and early learning. The project provides strategies and resources for infusing quality physical movement and health nutrition choices within their familiar curriculum approaches and daily classroom routines. The research-based project is designed to support implementation of the Head Start Performance Standards and Child Outcomes Framework by enhancing existing classroom practices.
The curriculum officially kicks off in centers this March.