Overweight and obesity are complex problems with many contributing factors including poor eating patterns, less physical activity, increased sedentary media viewing time, financial pressures to minimize food costs. The resulting weight gain places young children at risk for depression, teasing and bullying, cardiac disease, and early onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Of greater concern, are obesity rates among New Jersey’s young children. In 2008, of the 43 states reporting, New Jersey had the second highest rate of obesity among low income children, ages 2 through 5 at nearly 18%.
CFR is working to reduce childhood overweight and obesity with our Color Me Healthy & NAP SACC programs. “The preschool period is a critical time for growth and development, and healthy eating and active play can prevent later obesity.”
What child care providers have to say:
“They are having a ball—they do the “Color Me Healthy” songs in the afternoon and now they visit the Farmer’s Market every Monday and select the fruits and vegetables for their snack.”
“We just put in the cubbies the first “Color Me Healthy” Newsletter! We’ve already initiated some of the ideas from our training and we love it—for instance—the 4 year olds serve themselves their own snack.”