Posts Tagged ‘active living’

Chalk Up Another Empower Award

February 21st, 2013

This week the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs gave us the National Best Practice Award for our Empower Program.  As a refresher for those of you that aren’t familiar with Empower…  it’s a program we started in 2009 that focuses on increasing healthy eating and active living in our licensed child care facilities… reaching over 200,000 children throughout Arizona. It’s a voluntary program in which childcare licensees receive a discount on their 3-year licensing fee to become Empower centers by pledging to implement the 10 standards to Empower children to live healthier lives.  The Empower Program was submitted by Adrienne Udarbe to AMCHP’s Innovation Station, a searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health.  Congrats to our Child Care Licensing and Maternal & Child Health programs for changing the landscape in AZ and across the country.

By the way…  our Baby Steps to Breastfeeding is also recognized as an emerging practice by the same group.  That one was won by our Nutrition and Physical Activity shop.  It’s an on-line class for hospitals to use as a refresher class, train newly hired staff, or become a Baby Steps designated hospital.

 

New “Empower” Standards Here

November 27th, 2012

It is hard to believe we’re in the 3rd year of our successful Empower Program. As a refresher for those of you that aren’t familiar with Empower, it’s a program that focuses on increasing healthy eating and active living, along with helping to provide smoke-free environments, in licensed child care facilities… reaching over 200,000 children throughout Arizona.  Empower is a voluntary program in which childcare licensees receive a discount on their 3-year licensing fee to become Empower centers and homes when they pledge to implement the 10 standards to Empower children to live healthier lives. The program has received national recognition from the White House and many other state and national partners. 

We’re excited to be rolling out updated 10 Empower standards beginning on 1/1/13.  We updated the standards to better impact the most significant health issues impacting Arizona’s children and families. New standards include those that will improve oral health, breastfeeding-friendly practices, training of childcare providers, and sun safety practices.  We’re committed to ensuring the successful implementation of the new standards, and we’ll be working with childcare providers throughout 2013 to learn how to apply the new standards. Licensed providers can look forward to receiving a new Empower Pack with new tools and resources to support the implementation of the new standards beginning mid-January, along with training and ongoing technical assistance.  

Thank you to all of the Licensing and Prevention Services staff (especially Adrienne Udarbe who helped lead the team) that worked so hard to update the standards…  thank you to the Stakeholders that have provided input along the way…  and thanks to our amazing “Superheroes for Health” out there in the childcares that support Arizona’s children every day!