Child care workshops coordinated by Let’s Move Boise are featured as a “best practice” in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) Guide: A Resource Guide for Municipal and County Leaders, a new resource published by the National League of Cities to help build healthier communities.
BOISE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TJ THOMSON RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR HIS EFFORTS TO PREVENT CHILDHOOD OBESITY
The National League of Cities honored Boise City Council member TJ Thomson with the Most Dedicated Local Elected Official Award for his work on healthy childcare initiatives.
“I am extremely honored to have been nominated and selected to receive this national award. However, I want to emphasize that it took the support and assistance of individuals throughout our community to make the healthy childcare initiatives a success,” said Thomson. “In particular, I would like to recognize Rebecca Lemmons of the Central District Health Department and Beth Oppenheimer of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children.”
The new Healthy Initiatives Child Care Ordinance championed by Thomson is the first of its kind in Idaho, which currently ranks 52nd in the nation for healthy child-care policies. The ordinance calls for the review of all 300 city-licensed child care homes and centers for physical activity, non-educational sedentary screen time, meals and snacks meeting USDA nutrition standards; and a private location for mothers to breastfeed onsite. Results are posted at a new website: www.boisechildcare.com. Child care owners and directors are also required to complete training on how to implement the ordinance components.