4027.0 Strategies for Promoting Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity in Childcare Centers

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 8:30 AM
The purpose of this session is to examine existing nutrition practices at various child care facilities and to explore strategies that can be used to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment in the child care setting. Barriers to offering healthy foods and beverages in child care settings will also be addressed. Because child care settings provide an opportunity to influence children’s eating and health, the identification of effective policy recommendations to improve the nutrition and feeding environment is of great importance.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the dietary intakes of children in various child care settings and how intakes compare to national recommendations. 2. Identify barriers to making positive changes in nutrition and feeding at child care centers. 3. Describe policy strategies that could be employed to improve the nutrition and physical activity environments in child care settings.
Rachel A. Fisher, MPH, MS, RD

8:30 AM
Nutrition and physical activity environments in Los Angeles County child care: The current landscape and opportunities for policy change
Shannon E. Whaley, PhD, Nelly M. Mallo, BA, Pilar C. Abascal, BS, Kenneth Hecht, JD, Paula James, BA and Lorrene Ritchie, PhD
8:45 AM
Role of child care settings in promoting healthy eating and physical activity: What are the current challenges and opportunities?
Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD, Maria Boyle, MS, RD, Sarah Samuels, DrPH, Pat Crawford, DrPH, RD, Shannon E. Whaley, PhD, Kenneth Hecht, JD and Pilar A. Abascal, BA
9:00 AM
9:15 AM
What and how are we feeding our kids? The Connecticut childcare nutrition landscape
Kathryn E. Henderson, PhD, Erica L. Kenney, AB and Marlene B. Schwartz, PhD
9:30 AM
Nutrition policies and practices of New York City daycare centers
Temitope Erinosho, MS and L. Beth Dixon, PhD MPH

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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