ABC's of a Healthy MeWe will be implementing the ABC's of a Healthy Me.
ABC's of a Healthy Me printout:
Active play, Every day
-Active play outdoors 2-3 times per day.
-Opportunities to practice age-appropriate motor and movement skills
-Engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA)
-Benefits of active play include the following: supports exploration, development and learning, helps maintain a healthy weight and avoid excess weight gain, builds and maintains healthy bones and muscles, increases strength, coordination and fitness, lowers risk of chronic disease, improves self-esteem, and lowers stress.
-American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends: exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, continued breastfeeding for one year(s) or longer
-ECE programs provide important support by providing: a private comfortable place to breastfeed or pump, encouragement, and information on breastfeeding
-Benefits of Breastfeeding include the following: breast milk is the nest source of nutrition for infants, provides developmental benefits, encourages maternal-infant bonding, improves child health (reduces reisk for a variety of infections, reduces risk for developing several chronic conditions later in life), and improves maternal health (faster rate of returning to pre-pregnancy weight, decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer)
Cut Down on Screen Time
-Screen time includes TV, DVs, videos, computer time, smart phone tablets, etc.
-No screen time for children under age two years
-Limit or eliminate screen time for children ages 2 years and older (no more than 30 minutes per week in ECE setting/no more than one to two hours per day from all sources)
-Benefits of cutting down on screen time includes the following: increases time for physical activity, decreases exposure to food and beverage advertisements, decreases snacking and consumption of high caloric foods
Drink Water or Milk
-Water should be visible and accessible for self-serve inside and outside
-Choose milk for meals (whole milk for ages 12-24 months, 1% or skim milk for ages 2 years and older
-Limit or eliminate fruit juice (4-6oz per day, if offered serve only 100% juice)
-Benefits of drinking water and milk includes the following: does not contribute to childhood obesity, does not contain added sugars, does not contribute to dental cavities, milk provides calcium, protein, and vitamin A & D (if fortified)
Eat Healthy Foods
-serve fruits and /or vegetables at every meal and snack
-serve fried/pre-fried foods only 1 time per month or never
-make half of grains whole grains
-Choose low-fat dairy (1% or skim)
-Choose lean meats and protein
-Providing meals "family style" is considered beast practice
-Benefits of eating healthy foods includes the following: fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals that are essential for a child's growth, low-fat dairy contains calcium and protein to help build strong bones and muscles; whole grains, fruits, and vegetables contain fiber to help increase fullness, maintain a healthy weight, decrease risk for developing chronic conditions; eating healthy foods at a young age helps chidren develop life-long healthy habits
-Kansas Health Foundation
-Centers forDisease Control and Prevention (CDC)
-Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition