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Eat Together!Together We Can Raise Children see adults as role models, even at Healthy Children mealtimes. Your child care provider serves meals family style, which means adults sitChildhood Nutrition and Wellness with the children and:The foods children eat and lifestyle habits • Eat the same foods,they learn have a lasting effect on their • Teach children to serve themselves, andhealth. There are ways your child care • Talk about the healthy food they are eating
provider is promoting healthy habits while Serving meals family style at home and childyour children are in care. care allows children to learn how much to eatThese are: and be willing to try new foods
Plan Healthy Meals • Serving nutritious meals, Look at your child care provider’s menu
• Encouraging children to be active, and Play... Play... Play! • If you see fruit or vegetables that are new to you, • Limiting TV and other screen time. think about serving them at home. Sometimes Physical activity helps children’s bones andQuality child care providers take steps to new foods take time. Offer new fruits and muscles grow strong and lowers the risk ofkeep the children healthy! You can help your vegetables many times. weight gain. Your child care provider’s dailychild by doing the same at home. schedule includes: • Ask if your provider has a policy on healthy celebrations. Instead of cake and sweets for • indoor and outdoor active play, andPartner With Your Provider parties, you can bring yogurt and fruit to make • limits TV and other screen time
Together, you and your child care provider yummy parfaits. Send your child dressed and ready for activeshare an important role in setting good • Share your child’s favorite healthy recipes with play indoors and outdoors. Include coats,nutrition and physical activity habits for your provider to serve at child care. hat, mittens and boots to play outside in anyyour children! Want to know how? Read on weather
for more information. Children Can Help, Too Staying active at home is good for everyone Your provider may let the children help prepare and in the family! Going for walks together or serve meals. Children can do simple and safe tasks playing in a local park are great ways to enjoy at home too. They can wash vegetables, toss a salad, activity with your children. Less screen time and set the table. equals more quality family time together
Children love to eat the foods they help make! Here are more ways they can help at home: • Plan meals together using new foods they tried at child care
• Pour and mix ingredients, away from the stove
• Chart how many different fruits and vegetables the family eats each week using stickers or drawings
For More Informationabout healthy eating and exercise, visit:CACFP When a child care provider joins the freehealth.ny.gov/CACFP Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), they can be reimbursed for servingLet’s Move! Child Care healthy meals and snacks to children
healthykidshealthyfuture.org CACFP staff can help child care providersEat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings learn about CACFP and plan healthy meals
health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/cacfp/ Ask your child care provider to contactewphccs.htm CACFP at:QUALITYstarsNY; A winning beginning Center-based programs, callfor all our children 1-800-942-3858qualitystarsny.org/index.php Family and Group Day Care, call the Growing Up Healthy HotlineChoose My Plate 1-800-522-5006choosemyplate.gov E-mail: [email protected]Eat Smart New Yorkotda.ny.gov/programs/nutrition/ To order more brochures, contact: NYS DOH Distribution CenterCore Nutrition Messages for Healthier 21 Simmons LaneFood Choices Menands, NY 12204www.fns.usda.gov/core-nutrition/core-nutrition-messages Fax: 518-465-0432 [email protected] TogetherPhysical Activity Guidelines for Children We Can Raisenrckids.org/default/index.cfm/parentsguardians/ NYS Department of Health Division of Nutrition health.ny.gov Healthy ChildrenChild care regulationsocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/daycare_regs. NYS Office of Children & Family Services Division of Child Care Servicesasp ocfs.ny.gov 4421 6/14
Healthy meals and snacks to children. CACFP staff can help child care providers learn about CACFP and plan healthy meals. Ask your child care provider to contact CACFP at: Center …
Similar to parents, role models have a great impact on the lives of children who look up to them. Making sure children have positive role models to learn from is essential to them becoming responsible adults.
As such, children who have positive role models, have more self-confidence and are more optimistic about their future. They learn to handle themselves well in social settings and positively interact with those around them. Children with positive role models are more motivated and have a higher drive to achieve.
Role Model the Behavior You Want to See From Your Kids 1 Social Learning Theory. According to the Social Learning Theory, people learn by watching others. ... 2 Modeling Bad Behavior. Sometimes, you might unknowingly model a few unhealthy behaviors for your kids. ... 3 Follow Your Own Rules. ... 4 Model Life Skills. ... 5 A Word From Verywell. ...
Your primary job as a parent is to help mold your kids into kind, respectful, honest, and caring people. And, sometimes the easiest way to do that is to be a good role model.