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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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

Choose My Plate

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.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

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.

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Kids Health from Nemours

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.

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Nutrition.gov

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.

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Resources for Childcare Providers

Team Nutrition

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.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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.

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Let's Move Child Care

This website presented by Nemours, offers childhood obesity prevention resources and tools to assist child care and preschool providers.

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Institute of Child Nutrition

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.

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Free Technical Assistance for Childcare Providers

We can help you! 

Here are some examples of FREE technical assistance in regards to nutrition and wellness.

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.

Menu Review

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.