Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nutrition for young children

March is National Nutrition Month and a good time to talk about nutrition for all, especially young children.

Last week, Congresswoman Elise Steganik introduced the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill would expand access to nutritious meals for young children by reducing paperwork, streamlining eligibility requirements, and promoting clearer guidelines for providers so that we can increase program participation. Additionally, the bill authorizes reimbursements for a third meal in a day for programs that offer nutritious late-afternoon meals to children who are in care for more than eight hours. Read more about the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act here.  

If you have young children or work with them, you may find these rousources useful.  Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children is a collection of tip sheets on nutrition, active play and screen time for children ages 2 to 5 years.  Supplements D and E were recently added to this publication, Create a Positive Meal Environment and Support Family Style Meals. Take a look today!