Caregivers can make a huge impact on children’s health! They play a significant role in creating environments that encourage physical activity, healthy nutrition and self-care habits, such as hand washing and teeth brushing. It can be challenging to always stay current on health research while caring for children. Here are some resources, including best practices for physical activity and nutrition.
Healthy Child Care Colorado seeks to promote the health, wellness and safety of children in early care and education settings by training and providing resources to Colorado's Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) and child care providers that will foster a safe and healthy classroom environment for all children. Information on children’s health can be found at the Healthy Child Care America website.
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education has worksheets and activity ideas for caregivers.
Learn more about ways to promote kids' health and prevent obesity at Michelle Obama's initiative "Let's Move Child Care". This is an online hub for free tools and information, and provides a checklist quiz to take and action plans to use.
NAP SACC is a successful, evidence-based statewide program in North Carolina that has many online resources for child care centers and family homes.
Team Nutrition an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, helps support caregivers, health eating, and physical activity.
The Compass of Larimer County details the overweight and obesity problem in Larimer County and has a list of resources, including children-specific ones, such as Action for Healthy Kids, and Improving Child Nutrition Policy.
The Colorado Health Department Resource Kit provides information about encouraging children to be active and develop healthy eating habits
Live Well Colorado's Child Care Champions Best Practice guidebook offers best practices to help caregivers instill a pattern of healthy eating and active living.
You can also ensure that the products used in your program are safe by checking the Consumer Product Safety Information website regularly.