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Title: HEALTH: Healthy Early Childhood Activities Lead To Healthy Kids


1
HEALTH Healthy Early Childhood
Activities Lead To Healthy Kids
  • Martha Hiett
  • Health Policy Administrator
  • Division of Child Care and Early Childhood
    Education

2
Early Childhood Critical to Growing Healthy
Communities!
  • More children are in child care programs that
    ever before.
  • The potential for successfully addressing
    childhood obesity in child care settings is
    great.
  • Early childhood is an important period for
    developing good nutrition and physical activity
    behaviors.
  • Practices of child care facilities can improve
    childrens diet and exercise.

3
  • Childhood obesity remains a pressing public
    health concern.
  • Over the past three decades, obesity rates have
    nearly tripled for children ages 2 to 5.
  • Unhealthy weight leads to chronic health
    problems/issues such as diabetes, high blood
    pressure, heart disease and others, even in
    younger children.
  • Overweight 2 to 5 year olds are more than four
    times as likely to become overweight adults as
    their normal weight peers.
  • According to the statewide BMI assessment
    process, in 2007-2008 approximately 35 of the
    children in Arkansas entered school overweight or
    at risk of overweight.
  • Teaching healthy lifestyles at a young age helps
    insure healthy lifestyles in adulthood.

4
More on Why Child Care Programs Should Be Involved
  • Currently, Arkansas has 2881 licensed child care
    programs throughout the state.
  • These programs serve approximately 200,000
    children.
  • Licensed programs include center-based, family
    child care homes, ABC/Pre K (for 3 and 4 year
    olds), and Head Start.
  • ABC/Pre K Programs expect to serve around 25,000
    children this year.
  • Every community has at least one child care
    program, and most of you have ABC/Pre K Programs
    operated by the school district.
  • One study shows that children of this generation
    may be the first to have a shorter life
    expectancy than their parents.

5
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood
Education
  • We are committed to helping address obesity in
    young children and improving the health of the
    next generations and are currently involved in
    several health related programs and activities.
  • Showing those programs in action would be nice
    but.

6
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self
Assessment for Child Care Project (NAP SACC)
  • Goal to promote healthy eating and
  • physical activity in young children
  • in child care and preschool settings.

7
NAP SACC - Overview
  • Intervention program aimed at improving nutrition
    and PA environment, practices and policies in
    child care facilities in order to facilitate
    healthy weight behaviors in young children

8
NAP SACC Implementation
  • In 2006-2007, five school-based ABC Programs
    helped implement NAP SACC in Arkansas.
  • Four additional sites implemented NAP SACC in
    2007-2008.

9
What Programs said about NAP SACC
  • The training was helpful and provided assistance
    to non health professionals on how to develop
    plans to improve the health of students.
  • The nutrition components helped parents and
    children select better snacks.
  • NAP SACC was useful in determining the nutrition
    and physical activity needs of the center.
  • Participating in ECHI/NAP SACC helped plant
    seeds for the future.

10
Whats Happening Now?
  • Currently, 40 sites throughout the state are
    implementing NAP SACC.
  • Fit Kids training is now offered with NAP SACC
    training.
  • Fit Kids is an innovative program which provides
    helpful information to help plan regular physical
    activity and nutrition education experiences for
    children in child care.

11
What Can You Do?
  • Make sure you include child care programs and
    young children in your community efforts.
  • Consider implementing NAP SACC and Fit Kids in
    your community.
  • Link with child care providers in your community
    to improve communication and nutrition and
    physical activity for children and families
    served by child care programs.
  • Be an advocate for early intervention and the
    health of young children.
  • Remember that child care offers an abundance of
    opportunities to interact with parents and
    families.
  • Keep up all of your good work!

12
Additional Resources
  • www.napsacc.org
  • www.fns.usda.gov/fns/nutrition.htm Team
    Nutrition Eat Smart, Play Hard Food Guide
    Pyramid
  • www.colormehealthy.com a program that teaches
    preschoolers good health habits.

13
Final Thought
  • A thought which does not result in an action is
    nothing much, and an action which does not
    proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
  • Georges Bernanos

14
Questions? Comments?
  • Thanks!
  • Contact information Martha.hiett _at_arkansas.gov
    or 501-683-0976
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