Studies show that about 20 percent of children are overweight or obese by their sixth birthday; these children are four times more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. To promote early childhood health, consider the following tips.
Children 2 years old and under should not be exposed to television, and children over age 2 should limit exposure to 1 to 2 hours of quality programming each day.
However, studies show that nearly 90 percent of children under age 2 watch television daily. Preschool children also watch more television than is recommended.
Other studies have shown links between television viewing and risk of preschool children being overweight.
Choosing a Child Care Facility
When choosing a child care facility for your children, consider its environment.
Children need opportunities to be physically active through play and other activities. Physical activity helps them to obtain and improve motor skills, coordination, balance and control, strength, dexterity, and flexibility. Look for a child care centre that has a comprehensive activity policy and equipment to play on.
Eating well is important not only for preventing the risk of obesity, it is also important for the healthy development of young children. Look for a child care facility that focuses on nutritional quality of the food they serve.
You can help your child maintain healthy habits through the development of good habits for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time. You can also help by ensuring that your child’s surroundings promote healthy habits.
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