Gold Sneaker Initiative

Gold Sneaker

What is Gold Sneaker?

The Tennessee Department of Health’s (TDH) “Gold Sneaker Initiative” contributes to the TDH mission to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.  Gold Sneaker was developed in 2008 to enhance policy related to health and wellness within licensed childcare facilities across Tennessee. The Initiative is free and voluntary to any licensed childcare provider in Tennessee that has met training and application requirements. Through Gold Sneaker, licensed Tennessee childcare providers have the opportunity to improve the health of the children in their care by adopting policies related to physical activity, healthy eating and a tobacco-free environment.

Childcare providers that take the required Gold Sneaker training and implement the policies are certified ‘Gold Sneaker’ childcare facilities. Gold Sneaker training is available via the Tennessee Child Care Online Training System (TCCOTS) Powered by ProSolutions at Limited in-person training opportunities with health educators may also be available by contacting local health departments. This option is not available in all counties.

Gold Sneaker Certification Toolkits and Resource Packets

The Gold Sneaker toolkits are now being provided once licensed Tennessee daycare providers complete training and application requirements, see Certification. However, during the COVID-19 crisis, there may be a slight delay with the resource packets.

Gold Sneaker Policy Revision

In November 2018, Gold Sneaker policies were revised. These seven new policies continue to address physical activity, healthy eating and a tobacco-free environment. The revision process also included updates to the Gold Sneaker training, promotional and educational materials and the webpage. Licensed Tennessee childcare providers wishing to obtain/maintain Gold Sneaker certification may refer to the ‘Gold Sneaker Certification’ section. For details on Gold Sneaker policies please refer to the “Gold Sneaker Policies’ section.

For additional questions / information
Yvette Mack, PhD, MCHES, CHC
Gold Sneaker Initiative Program Director OR
(615) 741-0315