On June 8th the First Lady announced the "Let's Move! Child Care to Ensure Healthy Start for Youngest Children." The Let's Move website has had some great ideas, wonderful resources and even competitions! And now engaging child care and have specific resources for the younger child is incredibly helpful. Even engaging Bright Horizons to immediately get the program instituted.
One in five children are obese by age 6. It definitely makes sense to give child care providers the tools to try and affect this trend and of course the parents need to be educated too, which Let's Move, Child Care also tries to accomplish. Any ideas on how they can bridge the two better?
This is the checklist the First Lady encourages all day care facilities and home-based providers to commit to (taken directly from the White House Press Release):
- Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
- 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, the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style when possible, and no fried foods.
- Beverages: Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and do not serve sugary drinks. For children age two and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-6 ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
- Infant feeding: For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day; and support all new parents in their decisions about infant feeding.
What are the resources provided by the Nemours foundation?
- Healthy Eating: Strategies for Healthy Eating and then links to tools to help
- Physical Activity: Short and "doable" suggestions to keep the kids moving, where to play, what to play, and info on screen time, as well as links to additional resources
- Inspiration: find out what is working for others and a comprehensive resource center which has checklists, "job aids," video links, games and activities and more!
- Change your World: find out what practices are already being instituted, see presentations, find out the policies that affect you and the children in your care and more.
Check it out and start having some jumping, shaking, dancing, moving fun!