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Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones (HALO)

HALO is a 12-week holistic health cirriculum designed to educate children ages 3-6 about healthy choices and lifestyles. Thanks to funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, CINCH is able to teach the entire HALO cirriculum for early childhood and education centers across Hampton Roads. As part of the program, CINCH has created and compiled additional resources for parents that relate to specific lessons. Below you will find an outline of the 12 weeks and the additional resources that address related topics.


Week 1: I Am Special

During the first week of HALO, children begin to understand their value and ability to make their own decisions. They begin to understand what makes each individual unique.

Week 2: I Can

Children will begin to understand self-esteem as they realize their worth through the things they can do and also the importance of practicing new and harder skills.

Week 3: Families

Children will understand that the basic family unit has people related to one another and is joined by love.  The interactions children have with their families help give them a sense of self.

Resources: Safe Sleep, Boost 'Em in the Backseat Flyer & Right Seat, Right Use, Right Time

Week 4: Communication

Children will learn about communication and its importance in understanding others, feeling understood, and getting along with others.  Through practice they will develop the skills to communicate their thoughts and demostrate how listening and understanding others is important when communicating.

Week 5: I Feel (Happy & Sad)

Children will learn to identify emotions and express feelings in a safe and not harmful way.  Emotions can be overwhelming, so understanding healthy expressions of their emotions with begin to establish positive mental helath.

Resource: Brush, Book, Bed

Week 6: I Feel (Mad & Scared)

Children will continue to learn to identify emotions and express feelings in a safe and not harmful way.  Emotions can be overwhelming so understanding healthy expressions of their emotions with begin to establish positive mental helath. 

Week 7: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Choices

Children will learn the job each organ has to keep the body working and that the choices they make will help keep their organs healthy.  They will be able to see and learn about their internal organs using a life-sized apron.

Resource: Bike Safety 

Week 8: Healthy Choices - No Harmful Drugs

Children will be able to differentiate between healthy and harmful substances by understanding that drugs and alcohol are always harmful for children, even if adults say it feels good or makes them have fun. 

Resources: Thirdhand Smoke, Secondhand Smoke, E-Cigarettes, & JUUL

Week 9: Healthy Choices - Drugs are Dangerous

Children will understand all drugs are dangerous as well as needles.  They will learn the difference between medicine for illness and drugs that are harmful to the body.

Resource: Smoke-Free Ride Pledges

Week 10: Stress & Relaxation

Children will learn how to identify stress and that drugs and alcohol are not a good way to make it better. They will learn ways to relieve stress like streches and breathing exercises.

Resource: Children and Stress

Week 11: Healthy Lifestyles - Healthy Eating

Children will learn how different foods help fuel the body.  They will learn which foods belong in the different food groups and how foods can be healthy or harmful to the body.

Resources: Rev Your Bev, Healthy Eating, & Picky Eaters

Week 12: Healthy Lifestyles - Physical Activity

Children wil identify and practice fun ways they can get physically active.  They will learn how aerobic activities increase their heart rate and breathing and to limit the time they spend inside sitting and watching TV or playing video games.

Resource: Physical Activity Sheet

Current HALO Sites (Summer 2019)

  • Learn With Me Academy Lynnhaven
  • Learn With Me Academy Mt. Trashmore
  • Childcare Network #63

HALO Graduates

  • Children's Learning Paradise (Spring '19)
  • St. Michael Lutheran Preschool (Spring '19)
  • Cathedral of Faith Christian School (Fall '18)
  • Children's Harbor Chesapeake (Fall '18)
  • Deep Creek Academy (Fall '18)
  • Hampton University Child Development Center (Fall '18)



We hosted a staff training about tobacco and its negative effects on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The training was web-based and included topics such as the dangers of second- and third-hand smoke for kids and information on why you will want a tobacco free policy! You won't want to miss this important information. If you werere unable to login live, the training is now available online to be viewed at your earliest convenience! View the recording here and share with other providers/staff. Additional resources from the training are below:


 Additional HALO Posters

We created 3 educational posters that recap HALO messages and encourage healthy lifestyles that can be downloaded and used in your early care and education center. Click on the image of each poster below to download.




For more information or to enroll as an independent HALO site, please contact CINCH@evms.edu.

What's Happening

Obesity Prevention Workgroup
Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30pm

Respiratory Health Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 9-10:30 am

Healthy Start/Healthy Families Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm


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