Culture of Wellness in Preschools (COWP) is a comprehensive and collaborative early childhood obesity prevention program, which aims to promote a “culture of wellness” in preschool settings by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity levels. This is accomplished by bringing the following to preschool sites throughout Colorado: 1) classroom-based nutrition education; 2) a preschool physical activity professional development program; 3) parent wellness workshop series; 4) a staff workplace wellness program; and 5) a strategic planning process to make center environment and policy changes that focus on increasing healthy eating and physical activity levels. All program components are evidence-based or promising practices.
A unique aspect of COWP is that it focuses not only on the preschool children, but also on the children’s teachers and parents because it recognizes the importance of these individuals as role models and decision-makers in the lives of the children. COWP is one of the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center’s projects.