The Orfalea Foundation and Child Educational Center this week released the final report on progress achieved through the five-year Preschool Food and Healthy Habits Initiative. The executive summary concludes:
“The extended period of work initiated a conversation county-wide about what centers could do through envisioning themselves as ‘centers of wellness.’ This helped alter the ECE culture at participating centers. As a result of project training and consultation, as a whole, and on average, centers achieved progress in all Matrix categories. Of particular interest was the impact on family practices for eating and physical activity. While this was not a primary focus of the training efforts, the work done at centers appeared to have a significant effect on the behavior of families at participating centers. The two family-related categories improved by 72 and 73% respectively.”
The full report can be viewed and/or downloaded HERE. As the Orfalea Foundation concludes its work, we believe more strongly than ever that the surest path to a better world is to help all children get the best possible start in life.