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Nutrition and Healthy Weight

  • 2017 New Meal Patterns
    Revised meal patterns for child care centers and family child care homes. 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.
  • Eat Smart, Move More ~North Carolina Handouts
    Handouts that provide information and tips on a wide variety of topics involving nutrition and physical activity - available in PDF format
  • 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 Kids, Healthy Future
    With a revised name HD,HF continues the work of Let's Move! Child Care (LMCC), part of Former First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to prevent childhood obesity. Healthy Kids, Healthy Future encourages and supports child care and early education providers to make positive changes in their programs in order to work toward a healthier future for children.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Resources for early care and education programs that promote healthy nutrition, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
    Gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.

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