Chapter 5, Nutrition and Physical Activity

Infants and children, as well as adults, need to eat a balanced diet to grow properly and stay healthy. Positive experiences with physical activity at a young age help lay the basis for being regularly active throughout life. Promoting healthy eating habits and increased physical activity through child care centers helps prevent childhood obesity.


  • A balanced diet includes eating a variety of:
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Cereals and grains, including whole grains
  • Milk products
  • Meat, poultry, fish, beans and eggs

The toddler and preschool years are an important time for children to develop good eating habits that last a lifetime.

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