Ohio Healthy Program Recommendations For Play To Learn Day Care Center 2018-06-15T17:46:37+00:00

Recommendations:

Increase Physical Activity

Opportunities for physical activity are incorporated into other lessons, and classroom teachers provide shore physical activity breaks between lessons or activities as appropriate.

Reduce Screen Time

Television, video, computers and other visual recordings are not used with children under 18 months of age. For children over 18 months of age, television, video, and computer time are limited to one timer per week or less and not more than 30 minutes each time.

Establish Healthy Eating Habits

Each child will receive meals and snacks that adhere to the following requirements.

  • Offer a whole grain food daily
  • Offer only cereals with 6g or less of sugar per dry ounce
  • Offer a different non-fried vegetable daily
  • Offer a different whole fruit daily
  • Offer a different whole fruit daily
  • Offer no more than 4-6 fl. oz of 100% juice per day
  • Offer only beverages with no added sugar/sweateners
  • Offer fried foods no more than once a week
  • Offer no highly processed meats, regardless of animal type (beef, pork, turkey, chicken, etc.) This includes but is not limited to: hot dogs, or frankfurters, pepperoni, sausage, (i.i. breakfast, salami, Polish, summer, Italian, etc.), bologna, and/or liverwurst.

Children serve  themselves during meals and snacks with adult supervision

Age-appropriate nutrition education and nutrition promotion activities are integrated into classroom instruction, including culturally relevant, participatory activities, such as taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens.

Nutrition education opportunities are offered to parents at least twice a year.

Host Healthy Celebrations

Celebration food items will always include fruit and/or vegetable options

Healthy Modeling

During outdoor play, teachers play outside with the children (unless a teacher has a physical limitation that prohibits them from joining in active play).

Only food or drink offered to the children as a meal or snack may be consumed in the presence of children.

Healhty Communication And Evaluation

Annually, parents are asked to evaluate the preschool program through a survey. The survey includes sections on the curriculum, health policies, etc. Health policy and program improvements are made as a result of the annual assessment findings.

Smoke And Tobacco Free

While performing job duties, employees who are exposed to secondhand smoke or who use tobacco at home will provide and wear clothing that has not been exposed to smoke or tobacco.