Early Care and Education Policies and Programs to Support Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Best Practices and Changes Over Time. Research Review: 2010-2016
"Childhood overweight and obesity affect 22.8 percent of U.S. preschoolers and 8.1 percent of infants and toddlers.2 Early childhood has been identified as a critical period for the prevention of obesity and the development of protective behaviors such as healthy dietary and physical activity patterns."
This review from the Robert Woods Johnson Woods Foundation gives a "comprehensive overview of changes to obesity-prevention policies and evidence-based guidance that have occurred over the past five years and a review of the impact that these policy, systems, and environmental interventions have had in the ECE setting on promoting a healthy diet, adequate physical activity, and reduced screen time." Included in the review are: the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Head Start, Child Care and Development Block Grant, State Child Care Licensing Standards, Quality Rating and Improvement Standards, Key Changes to Policies & Evidence-Based Guidance Designed to Impact the ECE Setting and Evidenced-Based Guidance.
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Healthy Eating Research Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity