Obesity rates among American infants, toddlers and young children have risen along with rates among school-aged children. Over the past four decades, obesity rates among preschool children ages 2 to 5 have nearly quintupled, from 4 to 19 percent.
At the same time, the number of young children receiving care in child care settings has increased. At least 60 percent of infants and children up to age 5 currently spend an average of 29 hours each week in some form of child care setting. Child care centers and family child care homes serve an important role in helping young children develop good eating and physical activity habits. Here are some resources for Childcare Providers and parents:
Child Care Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy
The Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has developed a model nutrition and physical activity policy PDF 189 that child care centers can use to create their own policy. Download the policy and use all or some of it in your center.
If you have any questions regarding developing a policy contact (702) 759-1270. Also, if you choose to use this policy or develop your own please let us know, we would love to recognize you on our website!