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Healthy Living and Obesity Prevention

Healthy Child Growth & Childhood Obesity InformationHealthy Child Care Colorado recognizes that healthy eating and active play are important factors contributing to a child's healthy growth. We know that excess weight at a young age can hinder movement and normal levels of activity and, ultimately, compromise later health and development. Eating healthy foods and engaging in physical activity daily promote a healthy beginning during the early years and throughout a child's life.

"Screen Free Moments: Promoting Healthy Habits"

A new video from the National Resource Center Will show you a few simple ways to limit or even eventually eliminate screen time in your family child care home.

Healthy Child Growth Facts

  • Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies data says that nationally 10% of children under age 2 have high weight-for-length and fully 21% of children age 2 to 5 are overweight or obese. This proportion of overweight and obese children in this age group has doubled in 30 years. (Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies)
  • In Colorado, data from 2010 reports that 22.9% of children ages 2 to 14 were overweight or obese: 10% were overweight (Body Mass Index between the 85th and 94.5th percentiles), 12.9% were obese (Body Mass Index of 95th percentile or above). (Colorado Child Health Survey, Health Statistics Section, CDPHE)

Resources

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
This handbook features colorful tip sheets that focus on good nutrition, physical activity and reducing screen time. This resource is available online for now, but will be available in print at a later date in 2013.

Let’s Move Child Care: Let's Move!
Is a comprehensive initiative from U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama that's dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthier. Child care professionals can utilize the available tools and resources to promote healthy eating and active play in the child care setting. The site provides the opportunity to sign up, complete a checklist quiz, build a customized action plan, access ideas and resources, earn a recognition award, and share your story with others.

Let’s Move!
Parents and community members can learn simple steps to take action toward solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

LiveWell Moms
The LiveWell Colorado website also provides timely information and resources to help take steps toward positive changes for the familily. Join the LiveWell Moms Ambassador Program. Moms can receive the monthly LiveWell Momentum newsletter with fresh information about keeping the family fit and healthy, share information with social networks, contribute to the LiveWell Moms’ Blog, and participate in other activities.

3rd edition of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs
Following health and safety best practices is an important way to provide quality child care for young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) are pleased to release the 3rd edition of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. These national standards represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies that should be followed in today’s child care settings.

ChildcareMAPP
Was developed to provide child care staff, staff trainers and families with information and resources about healthy eating, play and growth for young children. By providing these resources, we hope to support all caregivers to build partnerships among child care staff and parents that improve environments for young children and, ultimately, lead to optimal growth, development and health.