Thursday, December 20, 2007

Overweight Preschoolers

According to the report, The Role of Child Care Centers in Obesity Prevention published by The Future of Children, almost one in every four preschoolers is overweight. And, of the country's 21 million preschoolers, 13 million of them spend a good part of their day in a childcare center. It seems like a no-brainer then that childcare centers represent a huge opportunity to significantly influence obesity prevention among children. The cook at our center seems genuinely interested in improving the breakfast and snack items. So, I need to start generating a list. I am hoping that friends, family, acquaintances, and others who want to see healthier snack and meal options for preschoolers will post their favorite recipe or snack idea.

Caroline's Lunchbox Menu, December 21: Breakfast - whole wheat pancakes, pearsauce; Lunch - red lentil soup, Pink Lady apple, 100% whole grain English Muffin, cheddar cheese; Snacks - blueberries (frozen from Walton Orchards), plain yogurt

Childcare Center Menu, December 21: Breakfast - applesauce, pancakes, syrup; Lunch - lentil soup, pears bread and cheese sandwich; Snacks - monkey bread, cucumbers

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