Understanding the Model Childcare Licensing Statute for Obesity Prevention
Standards for regulating physical activity, nutrition, and screen time
In a twenty-year period, obesity rates among U.S. infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children have approximately doubled. In 2007-2008, a nationally representative survey found that roughly 10 percent of infants to two years of age and 22 percent of children age two to five were overweight. These statistics are especially alarming, taking into account that most overweight or obese preschoolers are 5 times for likely to become overweight or obese adults.
Because most American children will enter an out-of-home childcare environment, ChangeLab Solutions has drafted this factsheet, Understanding the Model Childcare Licensing Statute for Obesity Prevention that outlines standards for regulating physical activity, nutrition, and monitoring screen time for young children in supervised childcare settings. Few states have taken steps to address issues of childhood obesity among young, preschool-aged children. This fact sheet (download below) presents a quick look at what a community can do to promote health in its youngest members. As a companion piece, this fact sheet also offers a snapshot of the options detailed in our Model Childcare Licensing Statue for Obesity Prevention.