Online Program

Made to Move Program: Lessons learned from a physical activity program for child care providers in underserved areas of Chicago

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Christine Bozlak, PhD, MPH, Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior, University at Albany School of Public Health, Rensselaer, NY
Maryann Mason, PhD, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Nancy Plaskett, Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago, IL
Although there are recent reports of childhood obesity rates in low income preschool-aged children decreasing, several localities are still reporting increases in obesity rates in this population.1  Early intervention and a social ecological approach with unique partnerships among child-serving organizations are key to continuing to see progress in addressing this epidemic.1   This presentation will describe the 2009 Chicago child care standards for licensed providers that pertain to physical activity, nutrition, and screen-time, as well as Chicago Children’s Museum’s (CCM) response to supporting the standards through implementation of their Made to Move program.  The Made to Move Program was designed as a program for child care providers in underserved areas of Chicago to enhance the incorporation of physical activity (PA) in child care centers. The program emphasizes linking PA to language and STEM classroom activities. The presentation will include a description of the training and the results from a year-long mixed methods evaluation that included child care provider participant surveys, System for Observing Play and Leisure Activity in Youth (SOPLAY), and follow-up interviews with the training participants.  The participants’ perspectives of the barriers and facilitators to integrating physical activity into urban early childhood settings will be shared.  Participant recommendations for disseminating Made to Move activities to other classrooms and into the family environment will also be provided.  The presentation will conclude with lessons learned on conducting program evaluations with child care providers.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013).  Vital Signs.  Progress on Childhood Obesity.  Accessible at:

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe a unique partnership with a children's museum engaging in childhood obesity prevention in early childhood settings; Describe one example of a physical activity program designed for child care providers in an underserved urban area: Explain one way to evaluate physical activity continuing education programs for child care providers.

Keyword(s): Child Health Promotion, Health Promotion and Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a co-investigator for this study, and I have a PhD in Maternal and Child Health from a MCH training program. I also teach, publish, and conduct research in MCH.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.