Top Star Program

According to the CDC, obesity now affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States. (source:

The TOP Star Program (Teaching Obesity Prevention in Early Child Care Settings) was developed by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and partners. As child care providers teach and reinforce good habits to children ages 0-5, their health can improve, and childhood obesity can be reduced.

The TOP Star Program has three primary focuses:

  • Providing healthy meals, snacks, beverages, and nutrition education.
  • Creating a physically active environment.
  • Supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies.

A list of Endorsed TOP Star facilities is available on the EPICC website.

Child Care Providers

Your facility can earn a TOP Star endorsement from the UDOH after receiving training and implementing policies in your facilities that follow TOP Star guidelines. Facilities are awarded a rating on a scale from 1-5 stars according to how well they implement TOP Star guidelines.

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