Fighting the Childhood Obesity Battle

With the abundance of fast-food options and the fast-paced lifestyle that children and families lead these days, it is often difficult to prepare a balanced meal, let alone find the time to sit down and enjoy it. A recent article in the Washington Times, that was published Sunday, Oct. 18, by the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports that almost 75% of children ages 2 to 5 spend part of their day in formal child care settings, giving child care providers a unique opportunity to teach children healthful eating habits and behaviors.

Now, we are not talking about diets for children; we are talking simple things you can do to help children learn about nutrition and health:

1.      Provide children with at least 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity each day.

2.      Plan your day so that children move around frequently, with no more than 30 minutes of sitting at a time.

3.      Offer 1% or fat free milk for children two and older.

4.      Limit consumption of 100% juice to six ounces per day.

5.      Eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages.

6.      Connect with the Nutrition Council  for resources, activity ideas, and tips.

7.      Contact your local Healthy Child Care Ohio nurse or Healthy Start Child Care Consultant in Kentucky for information or resources.

8.      To find a variety of easy-to-use resources about nutrition and dietary guidelines for young children, visit the section of USDA Web site designed specifically for children’s nutrition.

It is okay for you to learn along with the children, and make sure to share what you learn with parents and families. Here’s to your health!

Posted by julie on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:07 PM