The Intermountain Child Development Center in Salt Lake City recently received a Level 3 TOP Star Rating, which signifies the center offers the highest level of nutrition and physical activity practices for the children they serve.
TOP Star—which stands for Targeting Obesity in Preschool and Childcare Settings—is a Utah-based program developed in partnership with the Utah Department of Health and other childcare partners to help promote health and prevent obesity in children. TOP Star helps childcare providers improve their nutrition and physical activity policies, practices, and environments.
“As part of our commitment to providing quality care, all our staff have participated in six hours of TOP Star training that outlined methods we can use to better support nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding in our program and individual classrooms,” said Mindy Young, the center’s director. “We’re working on implementing better practices in these three areas by providing more gross motor skill training in our classroom activity time, games for outside time, updating our menus to offer more whole-grain foods, more variety of vegetables, less fried and starchy foods, and supporting individual feeding needs of our young babies.”