In an effort to improve the health of future generations, TPC offers a nutrition and wellness component to educate childcare providers, parents and children about making healthy choices with the foods they eat and the behaviors they display. See below to learn more about all of the opportunities to get involved.
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Our new program, Farm2Childcare (F2CC), is funded by a grant from the Obici Healthcare Foundation and serves the Suffolk and Western Tidewater areas of Virginia. The goals of the program are to get more preschool-aged children eating fresher, local produce, which will decrease childhood obesity and childhood hunger, while increasing the impact on the local economy. It is our goal to foster the connections between local produce farmers and local childcare programs. Each program’s F2CC activity is established on an individualized basis. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved please email Farm2Childcare@theplanningcouncil.org.
Here are some of the ways to have your childcare program involved in Farm2Childcare:
- Incorporate more local produce on weekly menu
- Participate in a weekly produce delivery
- Offer taste tests
- Take field trip to the farms
- Establish on-site gardens
- Incorporate Farm2Childcare activities into curriculum
Nutrition & Wellness Training
This training is set up as a train-the-trainer class on how to present the Color Me Healthy curriculum. The goal is to educate children about their colors through vivid picture cards of fruits and vegetables. There are numerous circle time lessons as well as music and movement breaks to get kids up and moving.
This training has an emphasis on nutrition and movement in the classroom and how to incorporate a variety of skills for all development ages for both indoor and outside activities.
This tour usually set up a at a local grocery store, is a great opportunity to educate, staff and parents about making healthy choices while keeping on budget. Participants will learn to read food labels, compare unit prices, identify whole grains, and discuss the differences between fresh/frozen/canned fruits and vegetables.
Use this training to educate staff on why it is a great marketing tool to support moms as they go back to work yet still choose to breastfeed their babies. Learn best practices when preparing and storing milk as well as how to offer a supportive environment within your center or home.
Learn about this best practice of having children sit with their teacher to share a meal and pass bowls of food to one another as they enhance their social and coordination skills.
Nutrition and Wellness Resources
The Planning Council strives to create a healthier generation by increasing awareness and educating the community about ways to instill healthy habits in our children that will last a lifetime. Below you will find resources for families, caregivers, and childcare providers to learn about healthy food choices and being physically active.
Resources for Families
This U.S. Department of Agriculture website provides information about the 5 food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet, along with additional resources about weight and calories, physical activity, and planning tools for all audiences, from students to professionals.
This website provides easy tips and information on food, health, and fitness for parents, children, men, and women. Learn how to read a food label, watch a video on how to get kids involved in the kitchen or how to encourage your kids to be more active and much more.
This American Academy of Pediatrics website provides information on an array of topics, including health, nutrition, fitness, immunizations, toilet training, etc. for age groups from prenatal to young adults.
This website from Nemours Children’s Health System provides information on various topics including, growth and development, infections, nutrition and fitness, diseases and conditions, pregnancy and baby, emotions and behavior, etc.
This USDA website provides easy access to vetted food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.
Resources for Childcare Providers
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. Be sure to check out the free resources available for ordering and download.
This website from the USDA provides information and resources for those enrolled or interested in CACFP. CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
This website presented by Nemours, offers childhood obesity prevention resources and tools to assist child care and preschool providers.
The ICN’s website provides research-based educational and training resources designed to help district school nutrition directors/supervisors, managers, and nutrition assistants/technicians meet the challenges of the day to day operations of successful school nutrition programs.
Free Technical Assistance for Childcare Providers
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Nutrition and Physical Activity Wellness Policies
After completing a self-assessment of current nutrition and physical activity practices, staff will assist providers in creating nutrition and physical activity policies that align with national best practices as a guide. This policy will act as a tool and resource for communication with families.
Upon review of current menus and in accordance of the USDA CACFP Guidelines (insert link?) suggestions for healthier and cost-effective menu options will be made to insure that children are receiving a variety of foods from all food groups as well as a balance of nutrients to foster healthy development.