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CHOICE: Creating Healthy Opportunities In Child Care Environments

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Developer
California Department of Public Health.
Year
2013

Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.* 

The CHOICE intervention provides tools to assess and develop nutrition and physical activity policies in child care settings. The CHOICE team developed the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and the Best Practices Manual to help childcare centers develop comprehensive written nutrition and physical activity policies. The SAQ is a list of 35 best practices for childcare nutrition and physical activity environments. The four sections of the SAQ address nutrition, child feeding practices, foods served, physical activity, and staff and parent training.

CHOICE helps early childcare centers evaluate and implement best practices for childcare nutrition and physical activity. CHOICE provides a manual for self-assessment and policy development. This manual is publicly available and can be used by rural and urban childcare centers throughout the United States.

Funding Source
USDA. SNAP-Ed.
Free Material
Yes
SNAP-Ed Toolkit Classification
Emerging
Evidence
  • Pilot Tested
Evaluation Framework Indicators
SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

* SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.

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Reviewer Initials
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