Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in Child Care and Early Education Programs
Professional Resource Brief
Here you will find information and tools for professionals and families about healthy eating and physical activity, limiting screen time, and preventing obesity in child care and early education programs.
- Bright Futures at
Georgetown University: One Step At A Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically
Active!. Training modules for child care professionals that
cover the importance of physical activity for children and how child care
professionals can promote physical activity. Includes examples of activities and
- Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Program information and resources about nutrition-assistance programs, including
the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides nutritious meals and snacks each day to more than 3.3 million
children and 120,000 adults as part of the day care they receive. Presents
data and statistics, forms, nutrition-education materials, regulations and
policy, and research about nutrition-assistance programs. Includes
Healthy Meals Resource System (HMRS). Resources for school-food-service and child care professionals, including education and training materials, recipes, local wellness policy materials, online discussion groups, and electronic news services.
Team Nutrition: Resource Library. Nutrition-education materials and guides for providing nutritious meals in child care.
- Let's Move! Child Care. Strategies, tools, and resources to help child care providers prevent obesity
and promote health in infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children by providing
healthy nutrition and physical activity and limiting screen time. Includes
Let's Move Child Care Checklist Quiz: Recommendations for Preschoolers, Infants and Toddlers. (2011). Note: The checklist is based on the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program, a research-tested intervention designed to enhance policies, practices, and environments in child care to promote healthy eating and physical activity. View a presentation about NAP SACC.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Childhood Obesity Prevention Resources. Resources for early childhood programs and advocates about child nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention.
- National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI): Education and Training Resources for Participants in the Child and Adult Care
Food Program (CACFP). Topics include infant feeding, young children's nutrition needs, food allergies and other special needs, meal patterns, menu
planning, food preparation, and food safety.
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC). Health and safety standards and tools for families and child care providers, health consultants, and regulators. Presents licensing toolkits to ensure that child care environments promote healthy weight by avoiding or limiting foods high in sugar, using water and 100 percent juice, and limiting screen time. View individual states' child care licensure regulations for nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention. Includes
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards—Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd ed. (2011). The manual is a joint collaborative project of NRC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Public Health Association (APHA). View the set of national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for early care and education programs in Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs, 2nd ed (2011).
Family Checklist for Nutrition in Early Care and Education. (2011). [Spanish].
Family Checklist for Physical Activity in Early Care and Education. (2011). [Spanish].
Water and 100% Juice. (2012). [Tip sheet]. Developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- See the MCH Digital Library resource brief, Maternal and Child Health Literature and Research Databases and, in particular, the entries for the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections: Research Collection, the Healthy Child Care America Resource Library, the National Agricultural Library (NAL) Catalog (AGRICOLA), and PubMed.
- Breastfeeding resource brief
- Child Care organizations list
- Food Safety resource brief
- Food Security and Nutrition Assistance Programs resource brief
- Nutrition in Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Physical Activity and Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in Child Care and Early
Education Programs: Resource Brief. (December 2012). (Updated: December 2014).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewers: S. Jean Emans, M.D., Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Alison Field, Sc.D., Boston Children's Hospital; Stephanie Loup, M.P.H. and R.D. candidate, University of Minnesota; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library; Tracy Richmond, M.D., M.P.H., Boston Children's Hospital; Mikaela Robertson, M.P.H. and R.D. candidate, University of Minnesota; Kendrin Sonneville, R.D., Sc.D., Boston Children's Hospital.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.