About the Training

History of I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL)

What is IMIL?

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In 2004, Amy Requa (Head Start Region III Health Content Specialist) was selected by the federal Office of Head Start to spearhead a pilot project to address childhood obesity in Head Start children. In conjunction with Choosy Kids specialist, Dr. Linda Carson, materials were co-developed with a training format that incorporates: staff development training materials, enhancement to integrate physical activity and teaching nutrition for daily routines.

Overarching I Am Moving, I Am Learning Goals: IMIL Training Picture
  • Increase the quantity of time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during the daily routine to meet national guidelines for physical activity
  • Improve the quality of structured movement experiences intentionally facilitated by teachers and adults
  • Improve healthy nutrition choices for children every day 

Click link below to READ the Head Start Summary Report: I Am Moving, I Am Learning: A Proactive Approach for Addressing Childhood Obesity in Head Start Children - Region III Administration for Children and Families 

Directly from the IMIL Report: "I Am Moving, I Am Learning reinforces the importance of the mind-body connection and the relationship between physical fitness and early learning. The project aims to teach providers with strategies and resources for infusing quality physical movement and healthy nutrition choices within their familiar curriculum approaches and daily classroom routines. The research-based project was designed to support implementation of the Head Start Performance Standards and Child Outcomes Framework by enhancing existing classroom practices."

I am Moving, I am Learning - Past Montana Trainings

2018 IMIL Missoula

Since 2014, the Montana Department of Health & Human Services, Nutrition & Physical Activity Program (DPHHS-NAPA) has offered and Annual  I Am Moving, I Am Learning training (IMIL) in and around the State of Montana.  Community Care-givers from miles around have come together to learn about this innovative program.

In May of 2018, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program and Early Childhood Services Bureau hosted two regional, one-day “I Am Moving I Am Learning” (IMIL) interactive trainings. One in Billings, May 1st and the other in Missoula on May 3rd.  Choosy Kids instructor, Courtney Elder presented and focused on best practices for childhood obesity prevention, nutrition, brain development, and physical activity for children. The trainings also included free information and demonstrations on: Incorporating Skills for Families and Staff, Classroom Enhancements and Ways to Create a Fun and Active Learning Environment.  All participants received curriculum enhancement strategies materials, resources, and activities to support healthy habits and school readiness skills (sponsored by DPHHS-NAPA).

In May of 2017, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program and Early Childhood Services Bureau hosted a special IMIL training held at the University of Montana.  The training was geared towards individuals that have previously completed an IMIL training and included concepts on advanced IMIL physical activity strategies and outdoor environmental training.  Special thanks to our amazing presenter, Dr. Julie Bullard, Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Montana and author of Creating Environments for Learning

IMIL TrainingIn early 2016, in Bozeman, Montana's DPHHS-NAPA Program hosted the first I Am Moving I Am Learning Training exclusively for Facilitators.  This certified training was provided to Early Childhood Professional Development Specialists and was led by Choosy Kids instructor, Courtney Elder. In this 3-day, interactive workshop participants experienced IMIL curriculum first hand, along with creating methods to bring back to staff and implement in their own facilities. 

Since it is NAPA's mission to make active living and healthy eating easier everywhere Montanan's live, work, learn and play; IMIL trainings will continue to be offered annually.  

If you are interested in being on the wait-list, please email Michelle Eckert at michelle.eckert@umontana.edu.

IMIL Montana Training Host:
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NAPA Contacts -
Kara Hughes, Health Education Specialist - khughes3@mt.gov
Mandi Zanto, Program Manager - mandi.zanto@mt.gov

Special Thanks to Our Contributing Partners & Sponsors!
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has funded the NAPA Program to promote the adoption of physical activity and healthy nutrition in early care and education (ECE) centers across Montana.
Please contact Conference Coordinator, Michelle Eckert for any questions or to be placed on the wait list.