The Impact of Healthy, Nutritious Food...

  • One part of helping children get a healthy start is to offer foods that provide adequate nutrition and the appropriate number of calories.
  • Not only does proper nutrition help children grow to a healthy weight, it also positively influences cognitive development and important to preventing various health conditions.
  • Teaching children about healthy food and nutrition early will increase the likelihood they will continue to make healthy decisions regarding nutrition into adulthood.

Move and Play Every Day

  • Regular physical activity is an important part of helping young children improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and reduce the risk of developing unhealthy conditions.
  • Take active play outdoors whenever possible.
  • Provide daily opportunities for infants to freely explore their indoor and outdoor environments under adult supervision. Engage with infants on the ground each day to optimize adult-infant interactions.
  • Provide daily tummy time, or time in the prone position, for infants less than six months of age.

Screen Time

  • Screen time is an identified factor in diet related diseases. Although kids can learn by watching TV, videos and using digital devices in developmentally appropriate ways, they also need time for physical activity.
  • Eliminate screen time (TV, movies, cell phones, video games, computers, and other digital devices) for children under two years old.
  • For children over two years old, limit screen time to less than 30 minutes to an hour per day.
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