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Twist and Sprout - Providers Choice

Twist & Sprout

Twist & Sprout is supporting child care providers on many levels: from engaging, in-person workshops to recipe and menu ideas. With all our resources, we hope they help you put health at the heart of your child care program.

Support for Twist & Sprout is generously provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Cargill Foundation and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

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Twist & Sprout Workshops

Everyone wants to have a quality child care program with lots of active play and healthy foods, but not everyone has the resources or tools to do it! The Twist and Sprout workshop will provide you with the what, why and how to promote healthy eating, active play and breastfeeding in your child care. You will walk away with your own personalized, realistic wellness policy along with the information, resources and skills to help you make your family child care twist and sprout to better health.

If you would prefer to use a paper registration form, please call or email Christine (952-345-8121 or ctwait@providerschoice.com) to let us know you are coming. Then download this pdf, print, complete and bring it the evening of the workshop.

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Twist & Sprout Menus

Are you ready to take your menus to the next level? We've developed four 4-week cycle menus: one each for summer, spring, winter and fall. Each day has a breakfast, lunch and snack with crediting for the CACFP. The recipes were developed by Chef Marshall O'Brien and each one has been tested and photographed.

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Twist & Sprout Menu Message Videos

For each DAY of each of our Twist & Sprout Menus, we've recorded a video! Chef Marshall O'Brien visits a Providers Choice family child care home. He introduces the menu for the day and then prepares one recipe with the children. The children are then shown tasting and endorsing the delicious recipes. Show these to the children in your care as you follow along with the Twist & Sprout Menus.

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Twist & Sprout Video Series: Save Time & Money in the Kitchen

Do you want to serve healthier meals, but feel like you could use a culinary skills refresher? Then these videos are for you! This is a 10-video series meant to help you save time and money in the kitchen.

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Twist & Sprout Certificate

The Twist & Sprout certificate is designed for child care providers who go beyond training and put their learning into action. If you can demonstrate that you:

  • Properly handle, label and store breast milk
  • Have vegetables on your menus twice each day
  • Serve family-style meals
  • Provide adequate time for active play
  • Have a written wellness policy

Then you can earn a Twist & Sprout Certificate!

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Twist & Sprout For Parents

It takes everyone in a child's life to help develop healthy habits. Parent, pediatricians and child care providers all need to be on the same page so that children receive consistent messages and healthy choices.

Support for Twist & Sprout is generously provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Cargill Foundation and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.