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Naeyc annual conference

NAEYC Annual Conference

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010:Using changes in policy at the federal level to positively impact children’s eating habits & nutrition

Healthy hunger free kids act

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Improves Child & Adult Care Food Program by:

  • Improving promotion of good nutrition & wellness

  • Encouraging improvements in nutrition & wellness standards in child care licensing

  • Funding a study of healthy eating & active living in child care

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Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

  • Improves CACFP nutrition standards

  • Requires nutrition, health & wellness education

Promoting good nutrition

Promoting Good Nutrition

Improves CACFP

nutrition standards

Impact of improvements

Impact of Improvements


  • CACFP served 1.9 billion meals & snacks last year

  • CACFP nutrition standards are used for licensing in nearly half of states

Child care beverages

Child Care Beverages


  • Allows only low fat (1%) or fat free (skim) milk to be served to children

  • over age two

  • Water must be accessible

  • throughout the day

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USDA must revise CACFP meal pattern to be

consistent with U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Revisions will be based on IOM report,

CACFP: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All

In the interim, USDA must issue CACFP guidance by January 2012 to increase consumption of fruits & vegetables, whole grains, & lean proteins

CACFP Meal & Snack Standards


Cacfp nutrition requirements timeline

CACFP Nutrition Requirements Timeline

*Encouraging physical activity & limiting screen time will also be covered in the handbook.

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Child & Adult Care Food Program

New Meal Regulations Estimated Timeline

*USDA generally gives a 60-90 day comment period.

**Implementation timeline could span FY2015.

Child care beverages1

Child Care Beverages


  • Allows only low fat (1%) or fat free (skim) milk to be served to children

  • over age two

  • Water must be accessible

  • throughout the day

Strategies for success

Strategies for Success

New Milk Requirements:

  • Provide nutrition education for child care center staff & parents promoting the acceptance & understanding of healthy lower fat milk in CACFP



New York State CACFP Initiative: Eat Well, Play Hard

  • Dairylicious:

    A comprehensive set of lesson plans, activities for children, & promotion & educational materials for children, providers & parents.

    Available in:

    English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian & Spanish

Market nutrition improvements to parents

Market Nutrition Improvements to Parents

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Available in


& English

Nutrition policy a marketing tool

Nutrition Policy: A Marketing Tool

As a commitment to your child’s health we

follow these feeding guidelines:

  • Variety of Food ~ Reduced Fat Milk

    We serve a variety of healthy foods with

    emphasis on plenty of whole grain breads and

    cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables and protein

    from both animal and vegetable sources. We

    serve reduced fat milk (1%) after age 2 years.

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Maryland CACFP Wellness Check List:To reduce the amount of unhealthy saturated fat in their diets, we serve only low‐fat (1%) or nonfat milk to children after two years ofage.

A Wellness Marketing Tool

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Child updates and reports

Bulletin boards


Nutrition education classes

Communicating with Parents

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Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

  • CACFP required to support health & wellness in child care with a focus on offering good nutrition, plenty of physical activity, & limiting screen time



  • USDA funded to provide nutrition education resources & training ($10 million)

  • Local WIC agencies can share WIC nutrition education materials with CACFP institutions at no cost

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USDA Nutrition & Wellness Resources

  • Team Nutrition – Free materials

  • Healthy Meals Resource System

  • National Food Service Management

  • My Pyramid & My Pyramid for Preschoolers

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USDA Team Nutrition Resources

Free Materials:

  • Building Blocks for Fun & Healthy Meals

  • Eat Smart Play Hard: Lesson Plans, Action Kit,

    Activity Sheets, Activity Book

  • Grow it! Try it! Like it!

  • Maximizing the Message for Children to Make

    Healthier Choices



  • NAEYC Childhood Obesity Prevention Resources

    • Let’s Move Child Care Initiative

    • FRAC Child & Adult Care Food Program Wellness Tool

  • Soon to be released tool kits:

    • Caring for Our Children Tool Kit

    • CDC: Child Care Tool Kit

Healthy hunger free kids act child care licensing

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act:Child Care Licensing


USDA & HHS to encourage state child care licensing agencies to include wellness standards & to require foods servedto be consistent with the healthy meal patterns & nutrition standards of CACFP

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Strategies for Success

  • Child care advocates can partner with nutrition & obesity advocates to work with the child care licensing agencies to include practical child care nutrition & wellness standards

  • A recent Institute of Medicine report, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies, recommended that child care licensing standards should be consistent with CACFP



  • $5 million to study healthy eating & active living in child care includes a focus on CACFP access

  • Launches a 5 year study cycle

Afterschool meal program

Afterschool Meal Program


  • Now available in all states

  • Funding to serve meals in addition to snacks in afterschool programs (school-aged programs)

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Naeyc annual conference


Geraldine Henchy

Food Research & Action Center

1875 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 540

Washington, DC 20009




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