By Katherine A. Beckmann, PhD, MPH, Senior Policy Advisor, Early Childhood Health and Development
In a few weeks, Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) will celebrate its third anniversary. Part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to raise a generation of healthier kids, LMCC is a voluntary initiative to empower early care and education to instill healthy choices from the start. One in five children is overweight or obese by age six. With about 12 million babies and young children in child care and one million in Head Start nationwide, child care and Head Start providers have an important opportunity to prevent childhood obesity by supporting the following LMCC goals:
LMCC salutes the more than 12,500 Head Start and child care providers who have already committed to working towards the initiative’s best practices for healthy nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support and screen time!
We're excited to mark the third anniversary of Let’s Move! Child Care this June by giving away fun toolkits full of kid-friendly physical activity materials. Toolkits are sponsored by Nemours, a child health system, and include the following:
Getting started is simple. It’s free! To enter the drawing to win a toolkit, just take the Let's Move! Child Care Checklist Quiz between June 1-13, 2014.
Already taken the quiz? You can still register for the drawing! Simply retake the quiz here.
New to Let's Move! Child Care? Sign up and take the quiz at www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org.