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 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.
Encouraging Toddler Physical Activity
Simple ways to encourage toddlers to participate in physical activity by integrating physical activity into early care and education programs in either a child care center or family child care home.
Core and Cardio Exercises
Core strength and cardio exercises.
Sport movements such as jogging in place and jumping jacks
My Plate Crossword Puzzle
A crossword puzzle containing Myplate words for children.