We are committed to providing nutritious meals and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that one in five children is overweight or obese by the age of 6. We have dedicated ourselves to changing those statistics through the following methods:
- Serving meals which meet all USDA nutrition standards for young children. We provide a variety of healthy food choices during meals and snacks and encourage children to try new foods. Our menu offers fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, beans and legumes, and limited sugar and high fat content foods. Water is always available for children at any time, in addition to four to six ounces of 100% juice per day. Low- and non-fat milk is served to children ages 2+, and whole milk to children under 2 years of age.
- Teaching children about various foods, how food helps us, and the importance of developing healthy eating habits.
- Encouraging physical activity and exercise, and providing opportunities to participate in physical activities each day.
The Kids Campus Child Nutrition Program is designed to help pave the way for a lifetime of healthy habits.
We believe that by encouraging balanced nutrition practices and physical activity in early childhood, we are enabling the children to reach their full potential and prevent diseases later in life.
Why is healthy food so important for young children?
- Foods with lots of rich nutrients help with brain and motor development.
- Healthy habits at a young age lead to healthy habits later.
- Healthy food helps prevent long term diseases such as, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, etc.
- Healthy food helps prevent oral health problems such as cavities and gum disease.
Why is Physical Activity important for young children?
- Activity promotes healthy metabolism.
- Children become more attentive.
- Studies show that active children are more likely to develop good behaviors as adolescents (attend school, get better grades, take part in after-school activities, etc.)
Kids Campus in Partnership With letsmove.org
Kids Campus has partnered with the Let’s Move initiative, which is dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids. The Let’s Move pledge is “We believe every kid has the right to a healthy childhood.” The goal is to teach healthy eating and exercise, so that this generation is not the first in our history to grow up less healthy than their parents. The Let’s Move initiative is endorsed by The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).
To learn more about this initiative, and ways that you can help raise a healthier generation of children go to www.letsmove.gov
PARENTS DID YOU KNOW
The food pyramid was replaced in 2011 with “MyPlate” as the government’s primary food group symbol. MyPlate is an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits by encouraging them to build a healthy plate. Parents, Click HERE to learn more about the USDA MyPlate program. (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ )