Ohio Healthy Programs (OHP) provides training, technical assistance, and designation to early care and education (ECE) professionals to create healthy eating and activity environments in ECE settings. OHP is a five-part voluntary designation program that is available for all ECE programs across the state, including center-based and family care settings.
The overall goal of OHP is to deliver consistent messaging to adults who care for children age 0-5 years to prevent obesity in early childhood and reduce risk of physical and mental health problems in childhood and adulthood. This is done through encouraging healthy eating and physical activity, and modifying screen time behaviors.
OHP trainings are offered online and in-person in select areas of Ohio. The in-person training provides 15 hours of Ohio Approved professional development, while the online self-paced trainings provide eight hours of Ohio Approved professional development.
The training is broken down into three sessions: Healthy Habits, Healthy Menus, and Healthy Policies. All online OHP courses are available in both English and Spanish.
- Healthy Habits — Session 1 (Parts A-D) is designed for the lead teacher of each age group.
- Healthy Menus — Session 2 is designed for the cook or person who plans the menus.
- Healthy Policies — Session 3 is designed for the administrator.
A child care site can apply to become a designated Ohio Healthy Program upon completing all trainings; completing the Physical Activity and Nutrition Assessment (OH-PANA) prior to attending the first training and/or technical assistance visit; aligning with OHP menu requirements; adopting a healthy policy; and engaging families on an OHP related topic. OHP designation is valid for two years. OHP designated sites are encouraged to renew designation by ensuring all program requirements are met.
Ohio Physical Activity and Nutrition Assessment (OH-PANA)
The Ohio Department of Health Early Childhood Health program is pleased to announce the launch of a new self-assessment tool for early care and education (ECE) and school-age child care programs, the Ohio Physical Activity and Nutrition Assessment (OH-PANA). This Ohio-specific assessment measures nutrition, physical activity, and related environments, practices, and policies in these settings. It is designed to be completed by family child care professionals and administrators of ECE centers and school-age child care programs (such as before/after school programs) across the state. Any ECE or other child care professional in the state may choose to complete the assessment.
Programs participating in Ohio Healthy Programs must complete the assessment and attach their summary report to their Ohio Healthy Programs designation or renewal application. In order to receive your program summary report, you must complete the assessment online, including a valid email address, and click “Submit.”
For an introduction on how to use the self-assessment, please go to OhioTRAIN and search for course #1090281. If you do not have an OhioTRAIN account, please follow the instructions to create one. If you have an account but have forgotten your password, do NOT create a new account. Instead, request a new password from the OhioTRAIN site.
A Quick Start Guide is available to help you use the assessment.
The ODH Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (ECOPP) partners with the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (OCCRRA) to implement OHP. A list of current OHP designated sites can be found on Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (OCCRRA) website.
For more information about OHP designation and upcoming trainings, visit Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (OCCRRA).
- Rings of Fun Activity Cards (English/Spanish)
- Child Care Action Kit (English/Spanish)
- Posters and Handouts (English/Spanish/Somali)
Technical Assistance (TA)
Family Home Care Providers
Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) — statewide
Child Care Centers
Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County
Lorain County Public Health
Contact BMCFH@odh.ohio.gov with any questions.
Electronic Bulletin Board
The Early Childhood Health Program's electronic bulletin board provides timely one-way communication to early childhood professionals across the state. The email messages include health-related updates, information, training opportunities, and other items relevant to early childhood health.
Register to the ODH Early Childhood Health Electronic Bulletin Board