Category: Healthy Eating

The Latest from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Help CACFP Celebrate a Milestone  The program turns 50 on May 8, 2018. Nemours Children’s Health System and the National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Forum will be creating a billboard-sized birthday card on Capitol Hill. The card will be a mosaic of thousands of images from community programs serving CACFP meals and snacks. (Sorry, the… Read more »

National Healthy Schools Day is April 3, 2018

Child Care Aware® of America is joining the Healthy Schools Network and dozens of partners around the country to celebrate National Healthy Schools Day on April 3rd, 2018. For the past 16 years, National Healthy Schools Day has brought attention to the ways that school and child care environments can affect children’s health. This year… Read more »

Report: Arsenic in Nine Brands of Infant Cereal

A recent report from Healthy Babies Bright Futures found that infant rice cereal has six times more arsenic than other types of infant cereal. That finding builds on the evidence from previous studies, including one from Consumer Reports. Arsenic is strictly regulated in drinking water by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but is legal… Read more »

National Children’s Dental Health Month is Over, But…

Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Here are some tips for use year-round. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children, even more common than asthma, hay fever, and childhood obesity. The good news is that there are… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Health Tips for Families Series – New Translations Added

The Problem Many child care resources are available only in English. They are not accessible to the one in five U.S. families who speak a language other than English in their homes. One Solution The Health Tips for Families Series —a collection of fact sheets for families—is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Arabic,… Read more »

Preparing Children for Healthy Lives

Child care prepares our littlest for the future, by helping them learn and grow. A lot of time and energy is spent making sure that children are healthy right now, today in child care—we create safe environments, we do health checks, and our licensing and monitoring visits are designed to make sure that there are no… Read more »

National Child Nutrition Conference — Scholarships Available

The 32nd annual National Child Nutrition Conference is scheduled for April 19-21, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted by the National CACFP Sponsors Association, this conference brings together professionals in the child nutrition community for three days of learning and networking. Over 1,000 participants from nutrition, nonprofit, education, and child care organizations in all 50… Read more »

Voices for Healthy Kids Calls for Early Care and Education Campaign Proposals

Every child deserves the chance to eat healthy food and play every day. Because 60 percent of children under age six spend much of their time in care outside of their homes, early care and education settings are important places for children to build healthy habits. To make sure that happens, groups around the country… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care Settings

The Problem Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) refers to the death of an infant between one and 12 months old which cannot be explained. It is the most common cause of death for infants and usually occurs when a baby is sleeping. Roughly 12 percent of SIDS deaths occur while infants are in the care… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Your Program’s Mealtime Practices—a Quick Self-Assessment

The Problem Other healthy meal self-assessment tools exist, but they focus on detailed best practices related to nutrition and healthy eating environments. They can be complicated and time-consuming. One Solution The Positive Eating Environment Self-Assessment for Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs is a brief user-friendly assessment of basic mealtime practices. It is designed to… Read more »

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