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New Nutrition Resources Available from USDA

team_nutrition_coverThe USDA’s Team Nutrition just released Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a handbook to help child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. Developed by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, the handbook addresses current wellness recommendations for children ages 2 to 6 years old.

It contains a series of tip sheets, each of which focuses on a specific topic, such as “Build a Healthy Plate With Vegetables” or “Encourage Active Play.” Each tip sheet includes ideas for hands-on activities and a practical application section. By using the tip sheets when planning meals and activities, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers can incorporate key recommendations and best practices into their menus and daily schedules.

The success stories shared in the handbook highlight examples of new and exciting ways CACFP child care programs have improved food they serve and activities they plan. Links to additional resources are also included in the publication, which features a new CACFP Wellness Resources Web page to help CACFP participants find the resources they need to meet wellness recommendations.

The handbook is available on the Team Nutrition Resource Library at: Print copies will be made available for ordering in the Summer of 2013.