Give Kids a Healthy Future: Child Care Advocacy

As child care providers work to promote healthy eating and physical activity in early childhood programs, efforts are underway at national, state and local levels, to help affect
the change needed to ensure a healthier future for children.

A National Movement for Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention in Early Care and Education

In September 2009, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Future conference brought together obesity prevention and early care and education experts from across the country. 

Nemours, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), organized this conference to advance research, policies, and practices that promote obesity prevention in child care.

A first for childhood obesity prevention efforts.

The Healthy Kids, Healthy Future conference marked the first time leading experts in childhood obesity prevention and early care and education, came together to identify innovative strategies and wellness policies and practices at local, state, and national levels.

The collaboration that began at this conference has resulted in national recognition that child care settings are key environments for obesity prevention, and increased awareness of successful policies and programs that support healthy eating, physical activity, and reduced screen time in child care.

Giving you the power to change your world.

Here you can find the many promising national and statewide practices, proven tools from across the country, and national, state, and local policy topics, all designed to promote healthy habits in child care programs.

  • Proven Tools
  • Best Practices: National and State 
  • Policies: Federal, State, and Local
  • Presentations
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Steering Committee



Highlighted Practices and Tools