Supporting physical activity and healthy eating

Grow Outdoors South Carolina (GO SC)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (SCDHEC) engaged NLI to create demonstration Outdoor Learning Environments (OLEs) and vegetable gardens in South Carolina childcare centers through this training and Interactive Design Session project. Establishing demonstration outdoor environments to support physical activity and healthy eating of young children attending childcare centers in South Carolina is the aim.

Demonstration centers are developed using a strategy that includes creation of a replicable framework, site visits and design assistance for selected childcare centers, and support for technical assistance providers (TA). After participating in the NLI trainings childcare professionals will have a deepened understanding of how to naturalize their OLEs to improve physical activity, nutrition, and learning outcomes for young children.