What Role Do Child Care Providers Play in Obesity Prevention?

Early childhood efforts reach children at critical ages Young children are not exempt from the nationwide childhood obesity epidemic. The prevalence of obesity among U.S. preschoolers has doubled in recent decades. It may be tempting to dismiss the numbers and assume that very young children will outgrow their weight challenges, but research suggests otherwise. Preschoolers…

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Move more! Physical activity tips for work and home

The causes of the obesity epidemic are numerous and complex, but no doubt our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is a key contributor. Experts recommend a minimum of one hour of physical activity per day—for children and adults alike—but it doesn’t have to happen all at once. In fact, peppering the day with short bursts of low- and high-intensity…

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How healthy is your school?

See how many best practices are already in use. Here are some – but not all – of the documented best practices for nutrition and physical activity in schools. How many are embedded in your school’s culture? • Does your school offer both breakfast and lunch service that is accessible to all students? • Do…

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How healthy is your child care center?

See how many best practices your daycare, preschool, or in-home provider is already using Here are some—but not all—of the documented best practices for nutrition and physical activity in child care centers. How many are embedded in your provider’s daily routines? * Does your child care provider offer at least 120 minutes of physical play…

Children playing inside a child care room

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