Childcare Central recognized as Ohio Healthy Program

| May 5, 2016

Childcare Central has been recognized by the state as an Ohio Healthy Program. Pictured from left to right are: Liam Babcock, Aurora Cox, Bristol Shortt, and Jiasia Conethan

COSHOCTON – Childcare Central, located at 619 Main St., Coshocton, is the first daycare center in Coshocton and surrounding counties to have been recognized as an Ohio Healthy Program. The award recognizes the center in their mission to promote healthy eating and physical activity. The program is funded by the Ohio Department of Health.

In addition to the state recognition, two employees at the center, Christy Patterson and Samantha Vatter, took courses where they learned about the benefits of kids who are introduced to healthy foods and physical activity at a young age.

The center started its health mission last summer by having the kids plant a garden. They grew vegetables, herbs, and flowers and are excited to start the garden again this year.

“They really enjoyed it,” said Debby Wesney. “They’d go out every day to check their plants and they had fun watching their plants grow.”

The kids now enjoy creating their own healthy snack and recognize the five food groups. The center is trying to get parents of the kids to submit their favorite healthy recipe.

“It’s all about creating a balanced, healthy plate,” said Wesney.

The center has 31 students and has been in its current location on Main Street for eight years. During the school year, Childcare Central also runs a pre-school class.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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