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Teaching Healthy Habits to Young Children

by Seyi Oshikanlu
May/June 2006
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Editor’s Note: The information contained within this article is based on standards in the United Kingdom. Susan S. Aronson, MD, FAAP, advises centers to be aware that standards and recommended approaches vary from state to state and by country. Dr. Aronson is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, founder of ECELS-Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania, and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the publication of national standards for health and safety in out-of-home child care, an initiative funded by the United States Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Dr. Aronson recommends using the following three web sites to provide specific guidance based on the national standards for the United States:
• National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care " http://nrc.uchsc.edu
• Healthy Child Care America and the Child Care and Health Partnership Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics " www.healthychildcare.org
• Healthy Kids, Healthy Care, a web site specifically for caregivers and parents that provides specific practical approaches to implement the national standards " www.healthykids.us.

Teaching children healthy habits is a routine part of many early childhood program curricula, with teachers never really stopping to think about what or how their teaching is affecting their little ...

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