Salt Lake City, UT, March 17, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Childhood obesity is increasing at alarming rates, but parents and day care centres can work together to curb the trend.
"It's never too early to teach healthy habits," says Amy Moyes, who owns Millcreek daycares
ranges from age Three to Five serving West Jordan. "Parents are the first level of defense to protect their children. And since the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity states that half of all obese children are overweight by the age of 2, the younger parents start, the better."
Parents should encourage their children to move throughout the day rather than sitting in front of a TV or computer. Everyone in the family should aim for an hour of physical exercise each day. Take a family bike ride, go for a hike and always incorporate exercise into play.
Children may be drinking many of their unhealthy calories, so parents should always have water available and limit sugary juice and soda drinks.
Sleep habits are related to the risk of obesity, so the extra sleep should be encouraged.
No matter how rushed a family may be in the morning, breakfast should never be skipped. Not only will children become tired and irritable, skipping that meal can actually contribute to weight problems.
Parents with children in child care should also pay close attention that their children are receiving proper nutrition and exercise while away from home, too.
"In our Salt Lake City child care
centers, we promote healthy lifestyle choices," says Moyes.
Through her Let's Move! Child Care initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging child care centers to get their children active. Among the program's recommendations are providing one to two hours of play a day, limiting access to screen time, serving fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack, and avoiding sugary beverages.
Healthy lifestyles begin at home, but it's important that they are reinforced at school and daycare. Parents should always be sure the childcare workers and teachers working with their children are champions of healthy living when their children's brains and bodies most need it.
To learn more about Learning Tree Schools a child development center
in Utah please call (801) 266-3590 in Murray; (801) 974-5886 in West Valley; or (801) 255-3325 in West Jordan.
Learning Tree Schools was established in 1979 as a Millcreek preschool
. The programs are tailored to children of various ages from infants to grade school.