Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Practices in Family Child Care Homes

Trost, Stewart G., Lana Messner, Karen Fitzgerald, Barbara Roths (2009) Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Practices in Family Child Care Homes American Journal of Preventive Medicine 37(6), pp.537-540

“Family child care homes (FCCHs) are the second-largest provider of nonrelative care in the U.S. However, despite providing care for nearly 1.9 million children aged 􏰅5 years, little is known about the nutrition and physical activity practices of FCCHs. …To address this gap, this study aims to describe policies and practices related to nutrition and physical activity in a representative sample of FCCHs. Most providers either met or exceeded child care standards related to serving fruit and vegetables and provision of daily physical activity. Very few providers reported serving fried meats or vegetables or unhealthy snack foods on a regular basis. Areas of concern included infrequent servings of low-fat milk, frequent use of unhealthy foods for celebrations, widespread use of TV and video games throughout the day, restricting physical activity for children who misbehave, and lack of appropriate indoor spaces for physical activity. Only a small percentage of providers reported receiving regular training in nutrition or physical activity. Relatively few providers had written guidelines on nutrition or physical activity. …Some strengths were exhibited by FCCHs, but substantial weaknesses were shown with respect to meeting established child care standards for nutrition and physical activity. Interventions to promote healthy eating and regular physical activity in FCCHs are thus warranted.” (p.537)

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