WASHINGTON, June 10, 2011 — Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new initiative to empower and encouarge day care providers to do their part in ending childhood obesity: Let’s Move! Child Care.
In a post yesterday on the Let’s Move website, Executive Director, Robin Schepper provided a checklist on healthy nutrition, physical activity and screen time for both providers and parents. The five items include:
- Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
- Screen Time: No screen time for children under two years. For children age two and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care, and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day, the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style when possible, and no fried foods.
- Beverages: Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and do not serve sugary drinks. For children age two and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-6 ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
- Infant feeding: For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day; and support all new parents in their decisions about infant feeding.
Michelle Obama unveiled the Let’s Move! Child Care while visiting children at CentroNia, a bilingual child care center in Washington, DC.
“Everyone is going to see that these small changes can make a big difference. If our kids get into the habit of getting up and playing, if their palates warm up to veggies at an early age, and if they’re not glued to a TV screen all day, they’re on their way to healthy habits for life,” First Lady Mrs. Obama said. “That’s why I’m so excited about Let’s Move Child Care – because I know that childcare facilities and home-based providers can be a real building block for an entire generation of healthy kids.”
Child care providers and parents can find free tools and resources and share success stories at HealthyKidsHealthyFuture.org. Let’s Move! Child Care is a joint effort from the government, private, and non-profit communities.
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