Dr. Craft’s Active Play Workshop Coming to Calais

 Calais. Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 and Washington County Community College, is pleased to offer a free Active Play! Preschool Physical Activity Workshop on Saturday, June 10, from 9am to 3pm in the gymnasium at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais. Active Play! will be facilitated by renowned educator and active play advocate Dr. Diane Craft. Since 1998, Dr. Craft has worked to improve physical activity opportunities for preschool children with and without disabilities. She established Active Play Books in 2007 to provide an accessible learning and implementation platform for child care providers, early childhood educators, and parents of young children.

Workshop participants will learn the importance of physical activity to the physical, emotional and cognitive development of young children. Explore fun, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate physical activities that use inexpensive equipment, small spaces, and work well in family-based and center-based childcare facilities. Dr. Craft’s enthusiastic presentation style provides for plenty of interesting and fun hands-on, practical experiences for participants.

Preschool teachers, early childcare providers, parents, caregivers and others who work or live with young children ages 0-5 are welcome and invited to attend the workshop on June 10. Each participant will receive a FREE Active Play! Book and DVD, Certificate of Attendance awarded by Let's Go! 5-2-1-0, and credit hours if applicable. A healthy lunch will also be provided. There is no cost to attend; however, pre-registration is required. Register online at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7q9sdedab&oeidk=a07...

Registration deadline is Monday, June 5, 2017.

Dr. Craft teaches in the Physical Education Department at State University of New York at Cortland. She has won numerous professional awards for her work, and has given over 100 presentations and workshops on preschool physical activities to audiences around the world. For more information, visit www.activeplaybooks.com.

 Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 a program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented in partnership with MaineHealth. Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 incorporates evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity with a focus on the importance of establishing healthy habits beginning in childhood.  Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, in partnership with four regional hospitals, has partnered with Healthy Acadia to provide Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 programming and resources to help to improve the health of Maine youth and families in Hancock and Washington counties. The Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program offers targeted curriculum and guidance for schools, childcare and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn and play.  For more information, visit www.letsgo.org.

 Healthy Acadia is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public health organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives that build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Hancock and Washington counties. For more information, visit www.healthyacadia.org or find Healthy Acadia on Facebook.

 For more information about the Active Play! workshop and Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 opportunities in Washington County, contact Georgie Kendall at 255-3741 or Georgie@healthyacadia.org.  In Hancock County, contact Julie Daigle (for school settings) at 667-7171 or Julie@healthyacadia.org or Katie Freedman (for childcare centers) at Katie@healthyacadia.org.