First Lady Targets Healthy Habits For Toddler Set

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama dropped in on lunch and circle time at a Washington child care center on Wednesday, and used the occasion to announce a new national initiative to encourage child care centers to promote healthy eating and exercise habits starting with the littlest Americans.

The first lady watched as toddlers ate a healthy lunch of fish, fruit and salad greens, did the bunny hop with youngsters in a P.E. class and clapped along with singing time at CentroNia, a bilingual child care center that stresses just the kinds of healthy practices that Mrs. Obama is trying to encourage.

The first lady said instilling good health habits through child care centers and home-based care can be “a real building block for an entire generation of healthy kids.” She noted that more than half of obese children first become overweight before they reach their second birthday.

Mrs. Obama announced that 1,600 child care centers nationwide already have committed to standards that promote healthy eating, exercise and limited time in front of TV, computer and other screens. And she released a checklist that parents and child care centers can use to make sure they’re hitting the right notes.

The first lady said child care centers run by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration and Bright Horizons, a private company that manages child care centers for many corporations, hospitals, universities and government agencies, all had signed on to the program.

She was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Cartwright recalled that when his children were young, military child care centers were sometimes “just a corner of hangar” without clear standards. Some 200,000 children use military child care centers daily.

The first lady’s Let’s Move child care checklist stresses five principles:

—Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity daily.

—No screen time for children under 2. Limit screen time for older children to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care, and ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day overall.

—Serve fruits and vegetables at every meal, eat family-style when possible, and no fried foods.

—Provide access to water throughout the day, and do not serve sugary drinks.

—Support mothers who want to breastfeed by providing mother’s milk to infants, and welcoming mothers who want to breastfeed their children during the child-care day.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. williejoe says:

    The first lady Michelle doesn’t hide her racism. Just once I’d like to see her off her fat a$$ visiting a school with White kids. After all it was their parents that elected her husband Barrack. He is a much better role model than she would ever be. A recipient of affirmative action, she got a free ride to Princeton & quickly upon graduation proceeded to bash the White establishment that afforded her the very opportunity to attend while many Black &White kids alike would have cut off their arms to have that opportunity. I’m not impressed with her & she doesn’t hide her snarky body language well.

  2. POOR WHITE TRASH says:

    WHERE ALL DA WHITE KIDS

  3. JackDaniels says:

    SHAKA ZULU DOES NOT GO TO WHITE SCHOOLS…………………WHITES ARE STILL THE MAJORITY IN THE U.S., BUT IT LOOKS BETTER POLITICALLY TO CATER TO THE WETS AND ASIANS, ETC………………THAT WAY YOU’LL GET THE MINORITY VOTE AND THE VOTE FROM GUILT-RIDDEN, LIBERAL WHITIES THAT STILL FEEL BAD ABOUT SLAVERY!!!!!!

    1. williejoe says:

      She then be one bad Mo-Fo.

  4. whatnow says:

    If the government tried locking up pedophiles for life, then maybe parents could let their children go outside to play and maybe they wouldn’t get fat.

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