Ohio Healthy Programs
Ohio Healthy Programs (OHP) focuses on ECE and Out-of-School Time programs creating healthy habits, menus, policies and family engagement to address childhood obesity. Professionals can take Ohio Healthy Program Ohio Approved Training that focuses on these topics. Programs can be designated as an Ohio Healthy Program for the changes they institute in their program. This program is funded by the Ohio Department of Health.
Steps towards this designation include: attending Ohio Healthy Programs Ohio Approved professional development which uses the Healthy Children, Healthy Curriculum, implementing a wellness policy, improving menus, engaging families, sharing a success story, and completing the Ohio Physical Activity and Nutrition Assessment. Then program administrators complete the Ohio Healthy Program Application in their Ohio Professional Registry Organization Dashboard to be designated an Ohio Healthy Program.
Ohio Healthy Programs (OHP) FAQs
- Family Child Care must take Ohio Healthy Programs Session 1, Healthy Habits, Session 2, Healthy Menus, and Session 3, Healthy Policy.
- Program Administrators must take Ohio Healthy Programs Session 3, Healthy Policy.
- Program Cooks must take Ohio Healthy Programs Session 2, Healthy Menus. The program administrator may take Session 2, Healthy Menus if there is not a cook.
- Program Lead or Assistant Teachers must take Ohio Healthy Programs Session 1, Healthy Habits. A teacher from each age group served must attend the training.
Training may only be taken once every six years to receive Ohio Approved Credit. If you repeat a course you will not receive Ohio Approved training credit. You do not need to repeat classes to renew the program’s OHP designation.
The Ohio Department of Health verifies online OHP trainings around the middle and end of the month. If training needs to be verified sooner so the OHP application can be submitted contact Holly Scheibe with your OPIN, name, and the training needing verified. firstname.lastname@example.org
If the staff’s training is showing “verified” in their profile, but not displaying in the application, staff need to edit their employment record. Staff open their Employment Tab in their profile. They click “Primary” for their current employer, if not already identified as such, then click “Edit” to update information. If the “Role” is incorrect and there is no “Edit” button next to it, click “Add Role” and create the new role. The “Age Group(s)” field cannot be left blank, click “Edit” to update. Click “Save Employment” to save your changes.
The application only shows trainings completed by Lead Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and Administrators for Session 1, Healthy Habits trainings. Only the Cook or Administrator will display for Session 2, Healthy Menus, and only the Administrator will display for Session 3 Healthy Policies. If staff have identified a different role or age group in their Employment, they will not display in the application. Staff need to check their employment record to ensure the Role and Age Group(s) are correct.
Open the self-assessment that was attached to the email. Even though the self-assessment is in PDF format, saving it again as a PDF may resolve this. “Save As” a PDF (*pdf) to your machine, not just “Save.” Upload the “Save As” document to the application. If this doesn’t rectify the situation contact Holly Scheibe with your name, OPIN, and program’s license number. email@example.com
Access the application in your Organization Dashboard and open the Applications tab. Click on the “Notes” in the Status column. Also, click on “Edit” and then “Communication Log” for additional details, if applicable. If you have a question or want to leave a message concerning a comment in the Communication Log for the Application Review team, click “+Add Message.” Click “Resubmit Application” after edits are made.
You will receive an email from OCCRRA with your OHP Certificate and Congratulations letter, and you will shipped the Rings of Fun by approximately the 15th of the following month of your designation date. The Ohio Department of Health will ship the OHP Congratulations poster for new designees and the date sticker for renewals by the end of the following month of the designation date. Dates may change based on item(s) availability.
Ohio Healthy Programs Resources
- Listing of Designated Ohio Healthy Programs PDF / 7 Pages
- Ohio Healthy Programs Application User Guide PDF / 10 Pages
- Ohio Healthy Programs Designation Requirements and Application Steps PDF / 3 Pages
- OH-PANA Assessment Quick Start Guide 11.2021 PDF / 2 Pages