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Are you interested in health news as it relates to child care? Health Round-Up is a monthly subscription-based newsletter for child care staff, family child care providers, and state-level ECE stakeholders.
Obesity Prevention and Nutrition
- Creating a plan to prevent childhood obesity
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kids Eat Right Month
- Healthy Food Access Portal: provides data and information on healthy food access for neighborhoods across the United States.
- Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity: provides policy briefs and reports on childhood obesity, poor diet and weight bias. Also includes a legislation database, research into food marketing. The page also contains a parent information and advocacy section.
- The State of Obesity: Provides policy analysis, fact sheets and infographics and trend data on obesity levels and on issues related to obesity, such as healthy food access and physical activity.
- California Food Policy Advocates: Healthy Beverages in Childcare
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Eduction: Family Checklist for Nutrition in Early Care and Education
- The Nemours Foundation: Child Care Provider’s Guide: Helping Kids Eat Right and Stay Active in a Child Care Setting
- University of North Carolina – Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT): provides the training and evidence-based practies to providers through web-based training and resources.
- The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine Institute of Medicine: obesity round table action guide.
- The Virtual Early Education Center (VEEC): an online tool for early care and education (ECE) programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care. It is designed to have the look and feel of an actual ECE center. Visitors can move from room to room within the VEEC to find information on health and safety practices and useful resources. Use it to explore resources and information regarding Head Start Program Performance Standards and Caring for Our Children (CFOC). Learn more about health-focused ECE and best practices.
- Obesity Among WIC Participants Ages 2-4, 2000-2014: in recent years the national obesity rate among 2- to 4-year-olds has declined to 8.9 percent. Obesity among young children from low-income families also has declined: in 2014, 14.5 percent of 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) had obesity, down from 15.9 percent in 2010.
- CDC Reports Improvement in Childhood Obesity among Young Children Participating in WIC: a new study shows that 34 of 56 WIC State Agencies are seeing modest decreases in obesity among young children from 2010-2014. The percentage of low-income children (ages 2-4) with obesity enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) decreased from 15.9% in 2010 to 14.5% in 2014.
Physical Activity/Activity Friendly Communities
- Voices for Healthy Kids: a joint initiative between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. Provides data, reports and tool kits related to healthy school food, healthy drinks, food access, access to healthy spaces. Active Kids Out Of School and Active Places.
- Active Living Research: offers data and policy tools and resources to help create communities that are activity friendly. The website contains data collection tool kits, research summaries and educational webinars, presentations, and videos.
- Kids Health from Nemours: provides a wide variety of child health information. The website has four strands for different audiences: Parents, Kids, Teens and Educators. The site offers information about nutrition, fitness and child behavior/mental health
- American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Active Living for Families: provides interactive tools and other outreach materials for agencies to use to promote healthy and active lifestyles with families.
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education: Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education (I/T), and Environmental Health in Early Care and Education
- The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine Institute of Medicine: offers an action guide on screen time for children.
Safe Sleep Practices
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education: shares safe sleep practices and SIDS/suffocation risk reduction tactics for ensuring safe sleeping conditions for infants.
- Supporting Children Who Are Experiencing Stress: Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) tip sheet that gives child care providers insight on what stress may look like and how to respond to it. Also available in Spanish.
- Social Media Share Kit: so that you can share useful resources on your various social media channels.