Pre-school age children develop eating habits that affect their health into adulthood. Child care centers can have a positive impact by serving nutritious food, using best practices in how food is served, limiting sugary drinks, and engaging families to support these efforts.

Physical Activity

Child care centers can help children develop lifelong healthy habits. National guidelines encourage children to engage in daily physical activity that promotes movement and building of motor skills.

Healthy Growth

Nearly 10% of young children are obese. While the prevalence has declined slightly nationwide, it continues to rise in some populations. Monitoring children’s growth is essential for helping ensure children reach kindergarten at a healthy weight.