Nutrition rules for child care centers were included in the14 recommendations put forth by the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity last week. The Task Force, which consists of six House members and six Senate members, spent four months researching the effects of childhood obesity on the economy, schools, and health system. The Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report’s “Recommendation 3” calls for improving nutrition and physical activity practices in child care.
Approximately 37% of North Carolina’s children between the ages of 2 and 5 are enrolled in licensed child care centers and may consume between 50% and 100% of their Recommended Dietary Allowances while at the center (NAP SACC Report). Clearly, early childhood programs can play an important role in combating the national obesity epidemic.
The Task Force suggests legislation that would create nutritional “Child Care Rules” that would:
- Eliminate sugar sweetened beverages for children
- Give reduced fat milk (skim or 1%) to children older than 2
- Limit juice to a total of four to six ounces per day for children over 1
The Task Force also recommends legislation that would look into physical activity levels.
To read the full report, visit Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report on the General Assembly’s website.