Good nutrition and plenty of physical activity are key to a young child’s growth and development. These behaviors begin early in life and are fostered by the environment in which children live and play. At HabiTots, we strongly believe that developing healthy eating habits should begin early as it plays a significant part in a child’s ability to learn. Creating a healthy environment requires leadership and commitment and that is exactly what the administration in our schools continues to provide.
Our program is part of the USDA CACFP (United States Department of Agriculture Child Adult Care Food Program) insuring healthy and nutritious food is being given to the children in our care. We serve fresh fruits and vegetables and our menu is comprehensive, serving a variety of wholesome and nutritious foods.
HabiTots Preschool and Child Care Centers are NAP SACC certified! The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program is part of the state-funded Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play which focuses on creative strategies to prevent and reduce obesity-related health problems and improve overall health. The NAP SACC initiative is in line with former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care program. Mrs. Obama has announced that her Let’s Move! Program would provide a voluntary set of standards to engage child care providers in behaviors intended to create healthier environments for young children.
- Physical Activity: 1-2 hours every day with a combination of playground fun and classroom activities.
- Screen Time: At school, no television is offered and use of computers are at designated and instructional times.
- Food: More fruits and veggies are served in lunches and at snack time. Snack tastings of fruits or vegetables are offered weekly with discussions about healthy food choices such as fruits and veggies whole grains, lean meats, beans and legumes.
- Beverages: Water available, whenever. No fruit juices or sugar-sweetened drinks. For ages 2+: low-fat or non-fat milk.Infant
- Feeding: We support parents’ decisions about infant feeding. Breastfeeding moms can provide their milk to their infants and are welcome to breastfeed during school time.