Pre-school age children develop eating habits that affect their health into adulthood. Child care centers can have a positive impact by serving nutritious food, using best practices in how food is served, limiting sugary drinks, and engaging families to support these efforts.
Child care centers can help children develop lifelong healthy habits. National guidelines encourage children to engage in daily physical activity that promotes movement and building of motor skills.
Nearly 10% of young children are obese. While the prevalence has declined slightly nationwide, it continues to rise in some populations. Monitoring children’s growth is essential for helping ensure children reach kindergarten at a healthy weight.
Encouraging Preschooler Physical Activity
Simple ways to encourage preschools to participate in physical activity by integrating activity into early care and education programs
Arms, Legs, and Balance follow-along video
Short exercises for legs, arms, and balance
Encouraging Infant Movement
Simple ways to encourage movement in infants and incorporate this movement into early care and education programs in a child care center or within a family's home.
Stretching and Flexibility
Stretching exercises for flexibility.
Discover MyPlate "Reach for the Sky" L...
Lyrics to a Discover MyPlate song about the five food groups