Because the majority of young children in Minnesota spend at least part of their day in care outside of their homes, childcare settings provide an ideal environment to promote and support the development of healthy eating and physical activity habits. Since children’s choices are limited to those provided by adults, it is necessary to influence their caregivers. Through training and coaching, childcare providers can learn best practices to improve the eating and activity environments for the children in their care, including their own modeling of healthy habits.
Sesame Street in Communities added new resources to their Staying Healthy topic page to help all families build healthy habits as a foundation for lifelong well-being. The materials build on the unique strengths of each family and community while addressing all aspects of children’s health – not just physical, but social, emotional, and psychological. Their new bilingual (English and Spanish) resources include 3 Muppet videos, 3 articles for adults, 2 printable activity pages, and a digital storybook.
Every child and family deserves to thrive and be as healthy as they can be. Sesame Street in Communities has created new resources for families and providers as they support whole-child wellness for all children.