The COWP Policy, System, and Environment Change Process is a strategic planning process that leads to the implementation of center-based policy, system, and environment strategies known to increase student and staff opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity during the school day. Sites assemble a wellness team to go through the 4-6-meeting process under the guidance of a trained facilitator. COWP Wellness Teams are comprised of 3-8 team members from different backgrounds (e.g. the director, teachers, food service, parents, etc). Our expert facilitators will help your team develop a final wellness policy poster and workplace wellness program.

The wellness team participates in a strengths and needs assessment using a menu of best practices, evaluates the importance and feasibility of potential changes, develops an action plan and timeline, and designs a wellness policy and workplace wellness plan. Since 2013, a total of 672 health-promoting PSE changes have been made, with an average of 5.5 changes per preschool setting.

How it works


Outcomes


672

Total health changes were selected across all sites

309

Healthy eating changes were selected across all sites

363

Physical activity changes were selected across all sites

5.5

An average of 5.5 changes per ECE setting

47.9%

Of PSE changes were fully implemented after 6 months

65.8%

Of PSE changes were fully implemented after 1 year

70%

Of PSE changes were fully implemented after 2 years

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Testimonials


People discussing wellness over lunch
“How it [the PSE Change process] got us to kind of focus on action steps and goals and we ended up getting a nutrition board which was something we had talked about but hadn’t implemented and just focusing on where we can improve”

Teacher

Family Star Montessori
“I’ve seen a huge improvement from last year to this year and through the PSE committee one of our things we were focusing on was getting the teachers up and moving and being more active and giving them reasons. So we’re doing the walking clubs and if they’re up and moving with the kids and getting them dancing they’re getting steps. So I think just showing them the positives that are in for them too.”

Teacher

Family Star Montessori
Man and woman discussing wellness