95210: Childcare Centers
Congratulations and welcome
to your childcare center’s journey to health and wellness through the use of 95210 strategies. By using 95210 as a mechanism for communicating consistent, simple health messaging to your centers’ children and families, you will assist in painting the “whole picture of health” for them. Further, by working to establish screen time, nutrition and physical activity guidelines and practices in early childcare settings, you will be working to prevent and reduce obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.
Your center is already recognized for its commitment to excellence. With your new recognition as a “95210 Center,” your commitment to active living and healthy eating in our community’s young children and their families will also be lauded.
Five daily habits can help children and adults live healthier lives and sustain a healthy body weight
Get at least 9 hours of sleep
Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables
Limit screen time to 2 hours or less
Get at least 1 hour of physical activity
Eliminate (0) sugary drinks and tobacco
95210 is a community-wide strategy for promoting child health and life-long healthy habits for all individuals. With simple health messages behind each number, 95210 communicates key behaviors that promote healthy weight and overall good health. 95210 makes it easy to remember some of the most important steps families, community organizations and worksites can take to prevent childhood obesity and chronic diseases.
Thank you to the early learning centers and classrooms that participated in the 95210 pilot project!
- Annsworth Academy
- Creative Preschool
- Early Childhood Professional Development Center
- First Presbyterian Pre-School
- Leon County Schools
- Tallahassee Memorial Child Care Center
- Trinity United Methodist Preschool
Click here for a video on 95210
95210 Concepts and Principles
- Emerging research and evidence-based findings link children’s eating nutritious food, engaging in daily age-appropriate physical activities, and limited screen time to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing resulting chronic diseases.
- Key strategies can be incorporated--individually or collectively--into already existing child care programs.
- Child care programs, staff, and parents can create a healthier child care environment as well as influence healthy lifestyle behaviors in child care centers with key strategies.
95210 Best Practice Strategies
- Participate in local, state, or national initiatives that promote physical activity and healthy eating. (Tallahassee recently became a Let’s Move City, COPE—Childhood Obesity committee which will provide mini-grants this summer to our community, Healthy People 2020, ACHIEVE)
- Encourage healthy choices for snacks and celebrations (sample language, policies will be provided).
- Include community organizations in wellness promotion (WCL, Leon County Health Dept, YMCA, Damayan Gardening Project, Working Well, Tallahassee Food Network).
- Involve and educate families in initiatives that promote physical activity and healthy eating.
- Encourage water and low fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.
- Discourage the use of food as a reward; use physical activity as a reward.
- Incorporate recommended amounts of physical activity into the program day.
How Will Implementing 95210 Benefit My Center?
- New criteria for evaluation in Quality Counts rating system
- Participating centers will be highlighted on the WCL website
- Nutritionist will review your center’s menus (snack/meals)
- Messaging is being reinforced in our community
- Opportunity to be a forerunner in promoting obesity and chronic disease prevention education to children (and their families) ages 0-5
- Staff, parents and children will be more equipped to make healthier lifestyle choices
- Will receive Color Me Healthy training and curriculum (addresses the 5, 1 and 0)
- Support and resources provided
- Earthfare trainings on-site for staff
What Your Center Will Commit to With Its Pledge?
- Communicating the importance of key behaviors that promote lifelong health through 95210 messaging
- Measuring any benefits of implementing 95210 policies and practices in the children and in the adult providers through administration of center and caregiver pre and post test (once at the beginning and once at the end of 6 month pilot period).
Ideas for Lunches and Birthday Celebrations
Lunches - Go to www.choosemyplate.gov for a diagram and details about recommendations for a healthy balanced diet. Work with your child to list their favorite food within each food group. Take your child grocery shopping with you and allow him/her to help you put his lunch together following the "My Plate" plan. Your child's teacher will support your wise food choices and encourage the children to try and enjoy the healthy foods you send. Teachers offer healthy choices first and any treats or desserts are only offered after the main entree is eaten. Do not send candy and send only one dessert.
Birthday and Holiday Parties - celebrate birthdays with muffins, un-frosted cupcakes, bagels or fruit. Celebrate holiday parties with cheese and crackers, apple, raisins, watermelon, or vegetables with dip.
Do you have a 95210 story you would like to share? Click here to submit!
For More Information:
Action for Healthy Kids - is your "go to" place for how-to-guides, fact sheets, and quick tips to help you create a healthy school environment. Check out the latest resources from our partners, volunteers, and experts! www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources/
Healthy Habits for Life - in English and Spanish - helps preschool teachers incorporate healthy physical activity and nutrition habits for kids into your everyday routines. The resource kit features familiar Sesame Street characters and contains poems, songs, posters, activities, and family newsletters. kidshealth.org/classroom/index.jsp?Grade=cc&Section=hhfl
One Bite Lessons- An edible activity that doesn't require a kitchen or excessive preparation. A fun and creative way to have kids sample plants right from the garden. csgn.org/node/846
Nutrition Education in Child Care - Find fun food activities that the child care providers can do with young children to help them learn about the good things food can do for our bodies. They can learn to make healthful food choices and develop positive eating habits that will last a lifetime. www.nfsmi.org/ResourceOverview.aspx?ID=207
Centers for Disease Control - Schools can help children and adolescents adopt and maintain healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. CDC provides evidence-based guidance for schools on how to implement policies and practices that effectively promote healthy choices and behaviors among youth.
Duke University School of Medicine - State regulations help promote the health of children in child care and have the potential to help prevent obesity, yet regulations for child care facilities vary considerably by state. We examined state child care regulations from the fifty US States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Department of Defense, find out how your state ranks.