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Nutrition and Healthy Weight

  • 2017 New Meal Patterns
    Child care centers and family child care homes on the CACFP program must transition and be in compliance with the revised meal patterns by October 1, 2017. A greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat are components of the new patterns. The standards encourage breastfeeding and better align CACFP with WIC and with other child nutrition programs.
  • Be Active Kids
    Be Active Kids is a program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation. This health program for children ages birth to five is available to adults working in child care centers, child care homes, and schools across North Carolina.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling obesity and chronic diseases.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
    CACFP provides nutritious meals to more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults who receive daily care outside of their homes.
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention Resources
    Variety of resources and tools for early child care programs from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Eat Smart, Move More ....North Carolina
    A statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.
  • Farm to Preschool
    An expansion of the national farm to school model, Farm to Preschool encompasses a range of programs and activities. It serves preschools, Head Start, center-based child care, programs in K-12 school districts, nurseries and family child care homes. Goals include: influencing the eating habits of young children while their preferences are forming; creating healthy lifestyles through good nutrition and experiences such as gardening; improving healthy food access at home and within the community; and ultimately influencing policies to address the childhood obesity epidemic through a local food lens.
  • Food and Nutrition Information Center
    FNIC at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.
  • Go NAP SACC!
    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, or NAP SACC program, works with early care and education programs to set preschool children on a lifelong path to healthy eating and activity. Updates include resources for children from birth-5 years, plus a new focus on breastfeeding and infant feeding, screen time, and outdoor play. Go NAP SACC can also tailor tools and recommendations for different child care settings, including family child care homes. Downloadable Go NAP SACC self-assessments are available.
  • Growing Minds ~Farm to School
    The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Growing Minds Farm to School program provides supports and resources to give children opportunities to learn about local food and farms in the classroom, cafeteria, and community. The program includes one or more of the following: edible school gardens, farm field trips, classroom cooking with local food, or locally grown food served or provided via taste test in the cafeteria. It also includes preschool and university / community college settings.
  • Healthy Meals Resource System
    The Healthy Meals Resource System, as USDA's Training and Technical Assistance Component, assists state and local school food service and child care programs in meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Training materials available for child care programs.
  • Kids Eat Smart Move More
    Kids ESMM is a Child Wellness Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the North Carolina Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Kids ESMM mission is to help prevent childhood obesity among young children in CACFP child care settings. All grant activities aim to improve the nutrition and physical activity practices of preschoolers and the adults who care for them.
  • Let's Move!
    [ARCHIVED resources] Let's Move! has a goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Let's Move gives parents the support they need, provides healthier food in schools, helps America's children to be more physically active, and make healthy. affordable food available in every part of the country.
  • Let's Move! Child Care
    A nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care providers to make positive health changes in children, early on, that could last a lifetime. Tools and resources included.
  • North Carolina Nutrition Services Branch
    Activities of "Nutrition NC" promote sound nutrition habits among infants, children and women in their child-bearing years. Branch staff work with county, state and private agencies to improve health status by reducing the incidence of nutritional risk factors, improving pregnancy outcomes, and hastening recovery from illness and injury through the provision of technical assistance, education and supplemental foods.
  • Nutrition.gov
    Gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.

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