EMPOWER PACK: 10 Ways! to Empower Children to Live Healthy Lives

November 3rd, 2011 | By admin No Comments

These standards are now set for children of all ages in child care programs:

Hey parents!

Arizona is raising the standards for healthy care of our children, not only for the youngest but for all child-related facilities. Whether you have children in day care or not, here are some great tips for helping them MOVE. You will all see the benefits of being happier and healthier!

  1. Facilities should encourage physical activities as part of their curriculum by scheduling at least 60 minutes of planned activity (which can be broken up in shorter time periods) per day. Encourage ‘sun safe’ physical activities.
  2. Limit kids’ screen time – being in front of TV/DVD, computer and video game screens – to less than one hour a day.
  3. Avoid more than 60 minutes of sedentary activity at a time, except while the child is sleeping.
  4. Offer water at least four times during the day.
  5. Serve 1% low fat or fat free milk for all children over two years of age.
  6. Serve only 100% percent fruit juice (with no added sugars), and limit kids to four to six ounces per day.
  7. Serve meals family style, which means serving foods in bowls or dishes on the table. Let the child decide how much to eat, and encourage them to serve themselves (with or without the help of an adult, depending on their age and ability). Avoid rewarding good behavior or a clean plate with foods of any kind.
  8. If able, participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  9. Facilities and homes should be totally (24-hour) smoke-free campuses.
  10. All families should receive education and referrals regarding tobacco prevention cessation and second hand smoke at least four times per year.

If you want to check your own child care facility, or if you just want more information about how to incorporate these new standards into your own family’s routine, call Child Care Licensing at 602-364-2539, email sellk@azdhs.gov, or visit www.azdhs.gov.

(Note: Programs operating six hours or less would alter the activity schedule, screen time and may cut the number of times water is offered by 50%.)

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