In April, we had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida for the National CACFP Sponsors Association Conference. We attend this conference every year to learn the latest and greatest in child nutrition and to keep tabs on any coming changes to the CACFP. This year, we were given the chance to present Taking Root Tennessee to the 1,000 plus attendees. We hope that sharing our program’s strategy and its approach to combating obesity related illnesses in our country can serve as spring board for other CACFP sponsors to start similar program in their hometown. In our presentation we shared:
- Why gardens in preschool can create healthy habits. Visit proscapesandtree.com to set up one in your surrounding.
- How to secure funding for garden to preschool programs
- Strategic approach to selecting sites
- How to engage your community
- Measuring your results
You can learn more about the National CACFP Sponsors Association and their annual conference by visiting their website at www.cacfp.org.