Health Strategy Table

STRATEGY 1: Raise awareness and increase parental knowledge about nutritious eating.

ACTION (S)

1. Work with Coventry women who are WIC eligible to remain with program until their child turns 5.

BY WHOM/PARTNER

STEPS

Registered dietician

Coventry School Food Services

Grocery & Convenience stores

Parks & Recreation

School Wellness Committee

Childcare and Family Child Care providers

BY WHEN

Begin September 2012

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

# of individuals identified and referred to WIC

% of referred mothers who receive WIC Services

% of families who are still enrolled in the WIC program after 2 years

2. Increase parent knowledge on the influence of technology, safety concerns, scheduling and their direct influence on their childrens food choices.

Farmers MarketWIC officeSchool Food ServicesHuman ServicesChurchesMOM’s Club

School Nurses

Begin Fall 2012

STRATEGY 2: Increase comprehensiveness and strength of the Coventry Public School Wellness policy to become more in line with federal requirements.

ACTION (S)

1. Improve quality and accessibility of food and drink choices offered in schools.

BY WHOM/PARTNER

STEPS

Schools

Parents

PTO

BY WHEN

September 2012-June 2013

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

2. Work with the Coventry School Food Services to transition into meeting new Federal Guidelines for school food nutrition.

STEPSParks & RecreationBirth PacketSchools, preschools and childcare Begin Fall 2012

3. Improve access to high quality foods among food insecure families through the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and the School Summer Food Program.

Parks & RecreationSTEPS

September 2012- June 2013

4. Utilize the CT SDE School Wellness Policy Report to update and implement policy

SchoolsBoard of EducationSchool NursesFood Services

Fall 2013

STRATEGY 3: Increase the amount of physical activity in all Coventry children birth- age 8 and their families.

ACTION (S)

1. Increase the number of school based physical activity minutes per week using examples like Right Steps

BY WHOM/PARTNER

STEPS

Registered dietician

Coventry School Food Services

Grocery & Convenience stores

Parks & Recreation

BY WHEN

Begin September 2012

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

2. Raise awareness and increase knowledge around the importance of all types of physical activity School Wellness CommitteeChildcare and Family Child Care providers Begin Fall 2012

3. Utilize the Coventry “ Map Of Play” to develop a plan to increase the number of age-appropriate play spaces in Town

Farmers MarketWIC officeSchool Food Services

Human Services

Churches

MOM’s Club

STRATEGY 4: Develop a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of additional data and its correlated “story” to better understand the developmental, physical and mental health needs of Coventry’s young children.

ACTION (S)

1. Utilize CT Data Portal and other data collection systems.

BY WHOM/PARTNER

STEPS

Schools

Parents

PTO

BY WHEN

September 2012-June 2013

PERFORMANCE MEASURE

2. Obtain technical assistance from Children’s Health Fund in utilization of A Framework for Children’s Health Services

STEPSParks & RecreationBirth Packet

Schools, preschools and childcare

Begin Fall 2012

STRATEGY 5: Explore options for providing more health support services in town.

1. In partnership with CHDI, host a Health summit comprised of birthing centers, OBGYN providers, CT DPH and area legislators to better understand the challenges of providers practicing in Coventry.

CHDI

Health Providers

Local and State Leaders

CT DPH

Begins Fall 2013

Car Seat Safety
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Find out if your child is in the right car seat. For more information about car seat safety guidance and laws in CT, please visit: CTSafeKids.org

Preschool – It’s Not Too Late To Enroll

The Coventry Early Childhood Center (CECC), located in the Hale Early Education Center (on the Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School campus) still has a couple of openings in the school day program (6 hours per day). There is generous financial assistance available. For example, if a family of 2 is earning less than $10,000 they will pay $200/year for the program. A family of 4 earning approximately $80,000 will pay $2400 for the same program. Please contact CECC for more information at 860-742-4550 or contact us.

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