February marks the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids. As a Let’s Move! Child Care partner, Child Care Aware® of America joins in celebrating this milestone. We have worked with Let’s Move! Child Care on many projects over the past years.
Here are a few of our favorite moments:
Let’s Move! Child Care Physical Activity for Trainers
Farm to Preschool: Digging in to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Taking Care of You With MyPlate
Focusing on the Whole Child
We’ll be talking about the health and education of the whole child at our second Health Aware event, as part of the 2014 Symposium. Join us on Friday, April 4 for Health Aware with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Save the Children, Child’s Environmental Health and Let’s Move! Child Care.
Learn more about how Child Care Aware® of America works with Let’s Move! here.
Today I joined First Lady Michelle Obama, Sesame Street and many coalition partners at the White House to continue the mission to end the childhood obesity epidemic. Let’s Move! and Sesame Workshop are partnering with the produce industry to use Elmo, Cookie Monster and Sesame Street’s other furry characters free of charge to help market fruits and veggies to children. Elmo and Rosita joined the First Lady to talk about how important healthy options are.
Michelle Obama talks healthy habits with Rosita and Elmo
“We have seen wonderful improvements across the country among child care providers giving healthy options for children – 98 percent of child care providers report children either ‘improved’ or ‘greatly improved’ their food choices while participating in the program,” said Mel Ming, CEO of Sesame Workshop, in his introduction of Mrs. Obama.
Families and caregivers play a key role making healthy choices for children and teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves.
“Just imagine what will happen when we take our kids to the grocery store, and they see Elmo and Rosita and the other Sesame Street Muppets they love, up and down the produce aisle,” Mrs. Obama said.
Starting healthy habits early can help children make better choices for life. Child care providers across the country deserve a “pat on the back” for making wholesome foods a priority for the children in their care.
Learn more about Let’s Move! Child Care.