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Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime

A father feeding his baby.


Parenting at Mealtime and PlaytimeParenting at Mealtime and Playtime (PMP) is a professional development initiative for a variety of health care providers to optimize obesity risk assessment, prevention counseling, and family support for children 0-5 years of age and their families.

PMP curriculum offers providers developmentally appropriate guidelines on nutrition, healthy activity, and sleep to share with families within the context of building resilient family-child interactions that support healthy habits.

ODH’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (ECOPP) partners with the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (OAAP), to deliver PMP physician training that grants Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part-IV professional development credit. Visit OAAP’s Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime (PMP) site for more information and to sign up for the PMP Resource Toolkit.

PMP training and resources are also available for healthcare providers such as home visitors, community health workers, and WIC Professionals. This includes a series of one-hour independent study courses for those health care providers working with families in the early childhood population.  In these courses, local experts address the latest information about PMP to prevent obesity and improve the health of children 0-5 years of age.  The purposes of the trainings are to increase understanding of developmentally appropriate guidelines on nutrition, healthy activity, and sleep all within the context of building resilient family-child interactions that support healthy habits. 


The PMP Mobile Application is available for download to help families adopt healthy habits.

The App can be accessed at the Apple App store, Google Play or Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime (PMP) site


Sign up for the Early Childhood Health Bulletin Board for timely information related to early childhood programs across the state.

For more information about Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (ECOPP) and Health and Safety Trainings, please email BMCFH@odh.ohio.gov.