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What is Ohio Healthy Program?
Ohio Healthy Program is a voluntary, statewide designation for early care and education programs in the State of Ohio.
- Up to 15 Ohio approved professional development hours
- Training for staff on healthy habits, menus, and policies
- Technical assistance (in-person and remote) on policies, menu changes, family engagement, and submitting the application
- Includes $500 (or $250 for renewal) in incentives to support physical activity and nutritional programming within the early care and learning setting.
Ohio Healthy Program makes a difference
Serving early care and education
programs in Cuyahoga County
Overall Policy Change
Since 2015 there have been:
policy changes, an average of 5.5 policies per site
- Policies related to nutrition were the most prevalent
- This includes policies related to healthy menus and beverages
of these nutrition policy changes are in the subcategory of healthy menus and an average of 1 policy surrounding healthy beverages.
nutrition policies changes, an average of 4 per site
Results of Policy Changes = NEW Menu Standards
Adding Healthy Options
Access to whole fruit has increased by 1 serving per week.
Access to non-fried vegetables has been increased by 0.5 serving per week.
Access to whole grains increased by an average of 2.5 servings per week.
Decreasing Unhealthy Options
Access to fried foods have decreased by an average of 1 serving per week.
100% juice servings have decreased by approximately 6 servings per week!
The amount of sweetened cereals, highly processed meats, and sugar dense carbohydrates have decreased to almost 0 servings per week.
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This data brief is a product of collaboration between the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and researchers at the Kent State University College of Public Health. This work was supported in part by a grant from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. The funders were not involved in the study conception, research design, data collection, analysis, manuscript writing, or in the decision to submit the article for publication. Suggested Citations: A. Patrick, K. Knight and J. Mulvany (June 2020). Data Brief: Ohio Healthy Program in Cuyahoga County. Cleveland, Ohio: Cuyahoga County Board of Health.