RaisingHealthyKidz.org provides resources to help early care and learning providers improve nutrition and physical activity in their centers and homes, and to help parents support these efforts.

Young children spend a significant portion of their waking hours in childcare and preschool settings, and establish physical activity habits and food preferences that may last a lifetime. In addition to the direct influence they have on children, childcare employees and administrators also have the opportunity to engage parents in supporting children’s healthy growth.

The internet is full of information about nutrition and physical activity. A busy educator or parent can find comfort in knowing that the information found on this site reflects the latest scientific knowledge, as well as policies and best practices from government organizations and health and education professionals.

RaisingHealthyKidz.org was developed by the Urban Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine with funding support from the Hershey Family Foundation (unrelated to the candy company) of Cleveland, Ohio. Additional support was provided by Case Western Reserve University Information Technology Services.

More than 30 childcare staff, administrators and parents provided input to this sites development through focus groups. All resources on the site have been reviewed by Registered Dieticians associated with the Department of Nutrition at the School of Medicine. Under Department faculty direction, students will identify new resources for the site. 

RaisingHealthyKidz.org supports a broader effort in Cuyahoga County to encourage healthy growth and development of children from birth to age 5.

For more information, see: www.investinchildren.cuyahogacounty.us.

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