Gold Sneaker!!!

WHAT IS THE GOLD SNEAKER INITIATIVE? The Gold Sneaker Initiative enhances policy related to health and wellness within licensed child care facilities in Tennessee. Gold Sneaker consists of 9 policies which deal with physical activity, nutrition and a tobacco-free campus. Participation in Gold Sneaker is voluntary and FREE! Child care programs that implement the policies will earn a Gold Sneaker award and are designated a ‘Gold Sneaker’ child care facility. 2 hours of continuing education is awarded and recognized by the Department of Human Services.

A Gold Sneaker designated facility will receive:

• an incentive package, with $200 worth of physical activity and nutrition resources

• a certificate signed by the Governor

• access to an electronic Gold Sneaker logo for parent letters, etc.

• two Gold Sneaker decals for your facility doors

• recognition on the Gold Sneaker web page, and

• a Gold Sneaker newsletter.

Gold Sneaker Facilities will:

• offer children at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day

• limit television and video viewing to 60 minutes per day of educational programs

• not allow children to remain sedentary or passive for more than 60 minutes continuously

• ensure physical activity is a positive experience

• ensure appropriate feeding patterns, including breastfeeding

• ensure appropriate feeding patterns, including adequate time for meal consumption

• ensure appropriate infant and child feeding patterns, including appropriate portion sizes

• promote a positive attitude toward food, and

• maintain a tobacco free campus.
For policy details and to learn more about the Gold Sneaker Initiative, please go to:


To become a Gold Sneaker facility, please contact
Marcha E. Allen-Bradley, M.B.A.

Tobacco Risk Coordinator

Office (901) 222-9273

Fax (901) 222-9287