Let's Move introduces checklist for childcare centers and homes with young children

The Let's Move initiative has released a checklist of five elements that make for a healthy environment for young children.

The checklist can be used by both childcare providers and parents. The elements are:

Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.

Screen Time: No screen time for children under two years. For children age two and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care, and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day, the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style when possible, and no fried foods.

Beverages: Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and do not serve sugary drinks. For children age two and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-6 ounce serving of 100% juice per day.

Infant feeding: For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day; and support all new parents in their decisions about infant feeding.

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