Giving early care and education providers the tools to help children get a healthy start.

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State & Local Leaders

CHILD CARE &
EARLY EDUCATION
PROVIDERS

Focus on five goals to develop healthy habits.

Trainers

CHILD CARE &
EARLY EDUCATION
PROVIDERS

Focus on five goals to develop healthy habits.

State & Local Leaders
Trainers

HEALTHY KIDS
ARE HAPPY KIDS

Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.

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GOAL:

Reduce Screen Time


Best Practices

  • Limit screen time to 30 minutes a week or less for preschoolers during child care.
  • Screen time for toddlers and babies should be limited to four times or less a year, preferably none, in child care.
  • Provide media literacy education to parents of preschoolers at least twice a year.

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GOAL:

Provide Healthy Beverages


Best Practices

  • Drinking water should be readily available and offered throughout the day in indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Children two years and older should be served skim or non-fat milk.
  • 100% fruit juice should be limited to no more than 4-6 oz per day.
  • Sugary drinks (sports drinks, sweet tea, soda) should never be offered.

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GOAL:

Increase Physical Activity


Best Practices

  • Preschoolers need two or more hours of active play time every day.
  • Toddlers should have at least an hour of active play time each day.
  • Babies should have short periods of “tummy time” every day.

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GOAL:

Improve Food Choices


Best Practices

  • A fruit or vegetable should be served to toddlers and preschoolers at every meal.
  • Chips, french fries and other fried potatoes should be offered once a month or less.
  • Chicken nuggets, fish sticks and fried meats should be offered once a month or less.
  • All meals to preschoolers should be served family-style.

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GOAL:

Support Breast Feeding


Best Practice

  • Breastfeeding mothers should be provided a private area for breastfeeding or pumping.

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How do we keep kids healthy?

Reduce
Screen
Time
Provide
Healthy
Beverages
Increase
Physical
Activity
Improve
Food
Choices
Support
Breast
Feeding