Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children
Did you know?
- Children enrolled in child care may consume between 50% and 100% of their Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) while in care. Child care programs have a chance to provide the foundation for a healthy life, in terms of food consumption and levels of activity.
- In addition, parents often look to their child’s teachers for education and support. Teachers as well as parents need to have basic knowledge about nutritional foods, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle that support children’s healthy development and learning.
CCSA is implementing the Shape NC project to increase the number of children starting kindergarten at a healthy weight. The program promotes healthy eating and active play for children from birth-5 years old by working with child care programs to instill healthy behaviors early on, creating a solid foundation for a healthy life. Shape NC integrates multiple research-based models to provide an in-depth approach to childhood obesity prevention. It combines evidence-based programs to create a comprehensive approach in partnership with the following statewide programs: Be Active Kids®, Preventing Obesity by Design and the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care (Go NAP SACC).
To support the Shape NC project, click here and DONATE NOW! Your gift to fund Shape NC workshops and events in Durham, NC will be matched 100% through a Social Innovation Fund Grant.
For more information about the project, see CCSA’s Shape NC Year One Progress Report.