Physical Activity * Motor Skills * Nutrition * Movement & Music * Oral Health * Engaging Families * Staff Wellness

I Am Moving I Am Learning (IMIL)

14+ Years And Going Strong! 

Choosy Kids was honored to be selected in 2004 to lead the training team for I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL), a popular initiative to combat childhood obesity launched nationally by the federal Office of Head Start. Since 2004, IMIL has continued to include staff training resources and curriculum enhancements to integrate physical activity and nutrition learning experiences into the daily routines of Early Care and Education programs. Now, more than 14 years after that first training, Choosy Kids continues to contribute to IMIL training events in every area of the country! 

Key Milestones: 


Dr. Linda Carson, Ware Distinguished Professor at WVU and founder of Choosy Kids asked by Region III Head Start to assemble a training team and help develop appropriate materials for IMIL training.  The very first IMIL training event was hosted in WV.


In 2005, IMIL was piloted in Region III Head Start programs.


IMIL (represented by Amy Requa, of ICF International and Region III Head Start and Dr. Linda Carson of Choosy Kids) was the recipient of the 2006 DHHS Honor Award, the ACF Partnering for Excellence Award.

Office of Head Start announced that IMIL would be expanded nationally to all 12 federal regions.


EHS NRC partnered with Choosy Kids, LLC and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts to create Little Voices for Healthy Choices, an initiative focusing on healthy movement and nutrition with Infants and Toddlers.


In 2010, IMIL was listed as one of three innovative obesity prevention models in the President's Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity.


IMIL listed as a resource for training and age appropriate activities in  Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Educations Programs: Selected Standards from Caring for Our Children, (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education).


American Academy of Pediatrics, The Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, and Choosy Kids conduct national IMIL training events with revised and enhanced resource materials.