Child care centers and preschool settings present many opportunities for increasing children’s physical activities, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The report, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth, is a five-year follow-up to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
“Child Care Aware® of America has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to healthier child care through its partnership in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative and professional development opportunities that empower child care providers to be champions for healthier choices,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director.
A highlight of this year’s Child Care Aware® of America Policy Symposium, April 10-13 in Washington, D.C., will be Health Aware, a daylong wellness expo featuring trainings for child care professionals on the topics of physical activity and healthy eating.
Released by First Lady Michelle Obama in her closing keynote at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, the report identifies interventions that can help increase physical activity in youth in a variety of settings, including preschools and child care centers.
Evidence suggests that interventions to modify the social and/or physical environment in early care and education centers can increase physical activity among young children during the school day. The report also outlines next steps, such as conducting policy research and examining specific strategies to promote physical activity in child care settings.
To read the HHS report, click here.