Healthy Eating Active Living

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention (ECOP)

El Paso County Public Health’s early childhood obesity prevention efforts aim to change behaviors and environments to reduce the risk of obesity for children. EPCPH’s ECOP efforts include:

  • Training early care and education providers to increase teacher-led physical activity into curriculum through the use of I am Moving I am Learning principles

  • Empowering child care providers to become breastfeeding friendly through the utilization of the Breastfeeding in Childcare Toolkits

  • Distributing healthy eating and active living information to El Paso County residents

    • 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids campaign

    • The word is spreading - eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary beverages. 

      Make it your goal to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle!

      El Paso County Public Health's Community Health Educators focus on healthy eating and active living education, collaboration, and outreach throughout El Paso County. We utilize the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! evidence-based materials created by Let’s Go!, a program within The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, based in Maine.

      The 5-2-1-0 message promotes:

      5 – fruits and veggies [English] [Español]

      2 – hours or less of recreational screen time* [English] [Español]

      1 – hour or more of physical activity [English] [Español]

      0 – sugary drinks, more water [English] [Español]

      * Keep TV/computer out of bedroom. No screen time under the age of 2.

Program activities include:

  • Education and outreach to El Paso County residents
  • Training and healthy eating and active living components for child care providers
  • Support and collaboration on healthy eating and active living initiatives across sectors