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Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing
Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) received a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a nutrition and physical activity program in Central Georgia, a Bright from the Start news release says.

Through the “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits: Implementing Wellness Policies in Child Care Centers in Georgia,” Bright from the Start will provide 38 early care and education centers in 42 middle Georgia counties with assistance in developing and implementing wellness policies that encourage healthy eating and physical activity for children ages zero to five years.

The selected centers will receive up to $3,000 in the form of sub-grants to support wellness activities.

Eligible centers must participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and be located in one of the following counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckely, Burke, Butts, Candler, Columbia, Crawford, Dodge, Emanuel, Glascock, Greene, Harris, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, McDuffie, Meriwether, Monroe, Newton, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Screven, Treutlen, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Warren, Washington, Wheeler, Wilcox, and Wilkinson counties. Once chosen, Bright from the Start will provide selected sites with training, technical assistance, and funding to implement new wellness policies.

The request for applications (RFA) can be found on the Bright from the Start website.

 If you have questions about the program or application, please contact Monica Fink, Bright from the Start’s Nutrition Education Manager at 404-463-4093 or monica.fink@decal.ga.gov.

The project is made possible through a Team Nutrition Training Grant from the USDA/Food and Nutrition Service.

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