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Early Childhood Nutrition
Providing healthy food and activity options for children in child care and preschool.

Eating right is a priority at any age, and Living Healthy in Washington County helps child care facilities and preschools give young children a healthy start. Poor nutrition and physical inactivity can affect even the very young, and contribute to serious health issues over time. Children that are active and eat well have healthier growth and development, are ready for learning, and feel better. Child care facilities and preschools can help build lifelong wellness habits by teaching healthy behaviors, offering opportunities to be active, and demonstrating good nutrition.

  • The number of type 2 cases of diabetes in children in the US increased 21 percent between 2001-09.*
  • The USDA’s Report Card for children aged 2-9 shows most have a diet that “needs improvement” or is “poor.”
  • Children should get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate or intense physical activity on most days of the week.
*Sources:
- American Diabetes Association
- USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Publications, Nutrition Insights, 2012
- Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Physical Activity, Guidelines for Children, 2012

Our Goals

  • Collaborate with area child care providers, the Child Care Council, and Washington County Community Services to develop tools and resources that expand nutrition and physical activity options.
  • Provide nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding consultations to child care facilities and preschools.

Resources:

Child Care Self-Assessment

Choose My Plate

Community Services Caring and Sharing e-Newsletter for Child Care Providers

Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH)

I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL)

Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA)

LHWC Breastfeeding: Healthy from the Start

Providing Care for Breastfeeding Babies

 

 




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