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Healthy Way to Grow Recognition (2019-2021)

Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG), a joint program between the American Heart Association and Nemours Children’s Health System, is a national, science-based, early childhood technical assistance program to help improve practices and policies for obesity prevention. With 60 percent of American children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, the goal of […]

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CACFP Meal Pattern Training Slides Available

These presentation slides may be used by state agencies, sponsoring organizations, and others to train providers, operators, and menu planners on the CACFP meal patterns. Presentations are designed for interactive 30-minute trainings. The following presentations are available in both English and Spanish: Choose Breakfast Cereals That Are Lower in Added Sugars Choose Yogurts That Are […]

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ECELC Increases ECE Healthy Practices in 10 States

In July 2019, results of the Nemours Children’s Health System’s National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives (ECELC) project were published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. The ECELC project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), involved nearly 1,200 child care programs in 10 states. This collaborative is the largest of […]

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NAPSACC Earns Recognition

A March 2019 brief by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, states that NAPSACC (i.e.: Nutrition And Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care) has the “best evidence for impact” on obesity prevention in young children. Developed by the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the UNC Center for Health […]

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How to Improve Physical Activity for Children

Physical activity is critical for healthy development in the young, but many children are being left behind. Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) investigators have examined physical activity across built environments, parks and recreation, schools, and rural areas—-all through an equity lens. Years of research tell us there are many influences on young people’s physical activity […]

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WIC Changes and Effects on Childhood Obesity

Researchers evaluated the association of the 2009 changes to the US Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package and childhood obesity trends. They hypothesized that the food package change reduced obesity among children participating in WIC, a population that has been especially vulnerable to the childhood obesity epidemic. Before the […]

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Regular Height and Weight Checks Critical

Children monitored regularly for height and weight are less likely to be overweight, according to research by University of Manchester and Oxford experts. Publishing in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports, the researchers say current practice may fail to spot a large number of children who are a normal weight on school entry but develop obesity […]

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Policies to Reduce Kids’ Consumption of Sugary Drinks

Leading health organizations call for excise taxes and limits on marketing to children, among other measures; the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) cite strong evidence of association between added sugars and increased risk of heart disease and other long-term health problems. In a joint policy statement, the AAP and […]

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Small Changes Can Go Far in Preventing Childhood Obesity

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents with obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Today, approximately one in five school-aged children (ages 6 to 19) is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and that figure doesn’t include children who are considered merely overweight and not obese. According to […]

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Outdoor Play is Key for Young Children’s Health

Preschoolers are not experiencing enough outdoor play when not in childcare, new research from the University of Western Australia (UWA) has found. The research may be of interest to early childhood education and care services in encouraging and providing suggestions for families to engage in outdoor activities at home. The research also highlights the importance […]

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