Healthy Eating, Healthy Children – Part 3

This is the third post in a three-part series about nutrition for children and how KinderCare supports healthy eating in our learning centers.

Part 1: Focus on Fruits, Vary the Vegetables

Part 2: Serve More Whole Grains

Here’s another healthy eating tip for ensuring your child receives the proper nutrition for growth and learning:

Mmmmm is for Milk (and Milk Products)

When children consume a variety of milk and milk products they are providing their bodies with vitamins and minerals essential for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Dietary guidelines recommend that children age 2 to 8 years consume at least two cups per day of low fat milk or equivalent milk products each day.

We offer children age two and older 1% fluid milk daily at breakfast and lunch. For children age 12-24 months, we offer whole milk only. Low-fat yogurt and cheese are also a regular part of our meals and snacks.

For more information about childhood eating guidelines and ideas for teaching your child about food, please visit the USDA at http://www.mypyramid.gov/.

Healthy meals are the foundation of growth, early child development and education

KinderCare believes nutrition and healthy eating habits are fundamental skills for young children, and we play an important role in helping your child learn about and enjoy a variety of nutritious foods each day.

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It is our goal to provide a variety of healthful and acceptable meals and snacks that are nutritious for children, safe, developmentally appropriate and properly portioned for your child. Our menu is planned by a registered dietitian to provide wholesome meals and satisfying snacks that meet federal and state requirements and guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And, we work with food manufacturers to create appropriate portion sizes and nutritional ingredients for children.

We provide your child with opportunities to enjoy healthful foods that promote growth and allow them to learn food preferences and dietary habits that help them live a healthy lifestyle so they are ready for early child development and learning.

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