Physical Activity Training Set for Cheyenne

May 8, 2017

The Wyoming Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program is sponsoring a free training on leading physical activity efforts with young children in Cheyenne on May 17.

Titled “Leading the Way to Health through Promoting Young Children’s Active Play,” the training will be held at Laramie County Community College. Anyone who works with young children (ages 2-5 years) or early care sites including child care centers, day care homes, Head Start programs, preschool and pre-kindergarten programs is encouraged to attend.

Denise Padilla, prevention specialist with the department, said more than one in five U.S. children ages 2-5 years are already overweight or obese. “Prevention efforts must target our youngest children and most of them spend time in care outside of their home so those are the best places to reach young children with obesity prevention efforts,” she said.

Participants will learn recommendations and practical, engaging strategies to use in helping preschool teachers and child care providers meet the physical activity needs of young children.  Participants will also discover fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate physical activities that use inexpensive equipment, work in small spaces and accommodate children of varying ages and abilities.

The trainer is Diane Craft, professor of physical education at State University of New York at Cortland.  Craft has co-authored books on developmentally appropriate, inclusive physical activity for young children, has given numerous presentations and consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, contact Padilla at 307-777-6011 or denise.padilla@wyo.gov.  Online registration is available at: https://goo.gl/forms/eyKpv555JwrjTjGl1