Little Voices for Healthy Choices

The Little Voices for Healthy Choices (LVHC) is a national initiative for Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs. It was developed to promote wellness in infants, toddlers, and expectant families. The initiative includes training and resources with strategies designed to address healthy nutrition, physical activity, brain development, and sleep for children birth to 3, their families, and communities. EHS and MSHS staff and parents are encouraged to view the resources below to learn more about what LVHC has to offer. Check back in the coming months for more resources to use in your daily work.

Building a Dynamic Brain: The Influences of Music, Movement, and Nutrition

View this webinar to explore brain and motor development as it relates to infants, very young children, their families, caregivers, and communities. It features Dr. Donna Britt from the Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC). She also is a teaching artist from the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

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Beyond Bottles and Baby Food: Setting the Nutritional Foundation for Lifelong Wellness

This webinar explores important information related to nutrition and feeding for infants and very young children, their families, caregivers, and communities. The video features Paula Mydlenski, a registered dietician, and teaching artists from the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

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Nurturing Bodies and Minds from Birth to Three

This webcast introduces the Little Voices for Healthy Choices (LVHC) Initiative. LVHC looks at music, movement, nutrition, brain and motor development, and sleep for infants and toddlers. Explore the materials and multimedia available to Early Head Start programs. The webcast also includes video clips of Teaching Artists from Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

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What's Sleep Got to Do with It? Exploring Sleep and Wellness for Infants and Toddlers

View this webinar, developed as part of the Little Voices for Healthy Choices Initiative, to find out about the importance of sleep for infants and very young children. Learn how children’s sleep can have an impact on their families, caregivers, and communities. Dr. Barry Marx, a pediatrician and sleep expert, shares his knowledge. The webinar also includes the Teaching Artists from Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

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Caring Connections Podcast Series

The Office of Head Start (OHS) supported the development of this podcast series. They are designed to offer important information that focuses on topics relevant to your work with infants, toddlers, and their families. The following three podcasts relate directly to key messages in the LVHC Initiative.

Let's Talk About Nourishment

Feeding practices for infants and young children can vary greatly and are deeply rooted in relationships. This podcast suggests that a child's need for nourishment should be supported in an individualized way, respecting family and community food sources.

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Let's Talk About Movement

Motor skill development and movement experiences for infants and very young children are supported through individualized experiences with the people around them. Caregivers, parents, families, and others who engage with very young children can work together to promote daily opportunities for movement and active play. This podcast features interviews and resources from the LVHC Initiative.

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Let's Talk About Music

Through music, children experience and explore concepts that help them with building capacities that range from social-emotional expression to physical development. Caregivers, parents, families, and others who engage with very young children will learn the importance of adapting songs to fit the age and development of the children in their care. This podcast features interviews and resources from the LVHC Initiative.

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Report to Congress on Head Start Efforts to Prevent and Reduce Obesity in Children

This report describes the activities and initiatives undertaken by OHS to support Head Start grantees and delegate agencies in taking steps to reduce overweight and obesity among Head Start children and their families.

Little Voices for Healthy Choices. HHS/ACF/OHS/NCH. 2014. English.

Last Reviewed: October 2016

Last Updated: October 27, 2016