We also participate in the “LET’S MOVE!”
An initiative started by Former First Lady Michelle Obama. https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/
Let’s Move! Child Care is a voluntary initiative to empower child care and early education providers. Helping children get off to a healthy start in child care and early education programs is critical to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. One in five children is overweight or obese by age 6. With about 12 million babies and young children in child care nationwide, child care providers have the powerful opportunity to instill healthy choices that could help prevent childhood obesity from the start. By participating in this initiative we meet the below 5 required objectives:
Increase Physical Activity
Provide a minimum of 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
Reduce Screen Time
No screen time for children under 2 years. For children age 2 and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics).
Improve Food Choices
Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style whenever possible, and do not serve fried foods.
Provide Healthy Beverages
Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and don’t serve sugar-sweetened drinks. For children age 2 and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4- to 6-ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
Support Breast Feeding
For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day. Support all new parents’ decisions about infant feeding.
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