Beverages are a key dietary determinant of weight status in children. With nearly one in four preschool-aged children overweight or obese, it is clear that too many children are entering school at an unhealthy weight and with unhealthy dietary habits. In 2008, a California study of licensed childcare beverages found a substantial need for improvement.
This analysis, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was undertaken to synthesize findings from recent and ongoing research, together with experts’ science-based opinions, to determine how to reconcile new federal and California laws requiring water availability in childcare with concerns of some practitioners thatwater might displace valuable milk and food consumption; and to develo
The "Child Care Sector Assessment: to inform the California Obesity Prevention Plan", written for the California Department of Public Health, assesses the current status of the child care sector to inform revisions to the California Obesity Prevention Plan.
The article "Early childhood feeding practices improved after short-term intervention with pediatricians and parents", published in Childhood Obesity in 2011, describes the results of an intervention with pediatricians and parents to improve child feeding.
Little attention has been paid to the health policies and practices of child care centers, and even less attention has focused on the health status and practices of child care providers.Worksite wellness programs have demonstrated positive spinoff benefits to clients and service recipients in other settings.The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of adding a worksite wellness program to
The Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL) website, administered by the Center, lists resources, materials and information for schools, worksites, neighborhoods, and healthcare, as well as links to cross-sector postings and fundraising opportunities.
An increasing proportion of U.S. children aged 2-5 are overweight. Many children in this age group are in licensed child care during all or part of each week. Early intervention among preschoolers at risk for poor nutrition and obesity, prior to the onset and consolidation of unhealthy eating habits and sedentary patterns, is critical to obesity prevention.
The "Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments in Licensed Child Care - A Statewide Assessment of California" report examines the nutrition and activity environments in licensed child care settings in California and presents clear policy solutions to encourage healthy eating and promote physical activity.
Let's Get Moving!: Working Together to Promote Active Lifestyles in Young Children is a toolkit for childcare providers, professionals, and parents that is designed to introduce quick and easy ways to incorporate physical activity into the daily routines of children ages 2-7.