Early Childhood

Early childhood programs are essential for creating healthy environments and promoting safe physical play for children 0-5 years old. Focusing policy and program development on early childhood is critical to childhood obesity prevention.

Strategies

Strategy 1

Adopt and implement effective wellness policies that promote healthy nutrition and physical activity.

Strategy 2

Ensure that drinking water is accessible to children both indoors and outdoors.

Strategy 3

Encourage and support breastfeeding for mothers and employees.

Strategy 4

Recognize signs of food insecurity/hunger and refer families to appropriate food assistance programs.

Strategy 5

Include both indoor and outdoor active play every day and provide physical activity opportunities that address children of all abilities.

Strategy 6

Establish farm to preschool programs and gardens in childcare centers.


Resources


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Create healthy food environments
Reduce access to and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
Increase participation in safe physical activity
Promote breastfeeding
Focus on early childhood

Develop and engage youth, families and communities
Partner with land use & regional planning efforts
Collaborate with food and nutrition programs
Focus on Policy & Advocacy