We received an email today from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Let's Move! Child Care.Just in case you missed it. Take a look, the CCFP Roundtable, the CACFP take ACTION Challenge and Babies 2 Kids Learning Center, Tracy Ehlert were featured.
JOIN THE CHALLENGE TODAY!
Did you know everyone is invited to participate to take part in “The CACFP take ACTION Challenge”? The Challenge began in October 2015 and is going strong! For those who are unfamiliar with the CACFP take ACTION Challenge, it is an awareness campaign designed to educate, rally and energize the public and CACFP participants. Mr. Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture, will be recognizing CACFP take ACTION Challenge Gold at the CCFP Roundtable Conference October 17-19, 2016.
There is still time to participate and work your way towards CACFP Gold! There are several ways you can earn points through Let’s Move! Child Care. All you need to do is complete the steps below and submit the corresponding documents and/or photos to the CACFP take ACTION Challenge website.
1) Register for LMCC and submit your “participant certificate”
To register, click on the “Register Now” button. In the last question of registration, it will ask you for a promo code. Please fill in: cacfptac
After you complete registration, you’ll receive the “participant certificate.” Upload and submit this document.
2) Take the LMCC checklist quiz and submit your results.
3) If you are fully meeting all best practices you’ll receive a “recognition award.” Upload and submit this document
4) Complete and submit your Action Plan.
5) Post LMCC flyers about the five healthy goals in your center or family home and submit a photograph of it being displayed.
All documents and photos should be uploaded to the CACFP take ACTION Challenge (“Group 1: CACFP take ACTION Launch”)
CACFP Sponsors: get your providers signed up, support their work toward LMCC’s five healthy goals, and get on the road to CACFP Gold! There is still time! ¡A Moverse! En Cuidado de Niños.
E-mail LMCCHelp@cdc.gov for assistance
MENU PLANNING TOOLS
Looking for quick and easy guidance about improving the meals you serve at your center or family home? The Minnesota Department of Education has great menu planning tools to help centers and family homes provide healthy and nutritious food for children. The “Menu Planning in Three Easy Steps” and “Menu Planning Tip Cards” are user friendly and can help you plan and build menus, evaluate your menus, reduce waste, and spend less on fruits and vegetables. Check them out today and start planning!
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES EVERY DAY! Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a child’s diet, but most children are not eating the recommended amount each day. Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Dark colored vegetables are particularly important because they contain more vitamins and minerals.
Introducing fruits and vegetables to children when they are young will help them develop taste preferences for these healthy foods. Remember to be patient; children may need to be exposed to new foods up to 8-10 times before they consider the new food to be normal.
Here are some tips to make food more fun and appealing:
RECOGNIZING SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS
Tracy Ehlert from Babies 2 Kids Learning Center in Iowa is working hard to complete the CACFP take ACTION Challenge and is having fun while doing so! Ms. Ehlert says the CACFP take ACTION Challenge helped her dive into the health and nutrition aspect of her family child care program and re-evaluate it. Participating in the challenge helped her enhance the healthy practices in her program and she feels much more enthusiasm from her students about health and nutrition. She has also learned about many more resources than she knew were out there!
Ms. Ehlert has a garden with produce and uses it to teach children about food, where it comes from, and with the added bonus of children eating it when it’s in season! She makes water available at all times, and serves very little juice (usually at breakfast time) and follows CACFP's guidelines on milk (Infant Guidelines and Children Guidelines). No soda, sports drinks or anything other than milk, water or 100% fruit juice are served to children in her care.
Tracy has incorporated several nutrition resources into her program, such as MyPlate Emergent Readers, Make Today a Try Day, Grow It-Try It-Like It, and Color Me Healthy. Check these resources out today and be sure to participate in the CACFP take ACTION Challenge!
Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is a nationwide call-to-action to empower early education and child care providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. LMCC goals focus on physical activity, screen time, food, beverages, and infant feeding. The public and private partners supporting LMCC include the Office of the First Lady, White House Domestic Policy Council, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Nemours, Child Care Aware of America, and University of North Carolina.
For more information and help, please email us at LMCCHelp@cdc.gov.