Here are quick links to organizations and campaigns that can help implement healthy beverage choices in California's child care programs.


California Campaign for Healthy Beverages - Aims to change beverage environments in California in order to increase the consumption of water and other healthy beverages while decreasing consumption of soda and other sugary drinks.

California Department of Education - CDE's webpage on the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has information on improving the diets of children under 13 years of age in child care settings.

California Department of Public Health - CDPH's webpage includes links to Potter the Otter materials, and information on the statewide "Rethink Your Drink" media campaign in 2012.

California Food Policy Advocates - CFPA's website contains information on promoting nutrition in child care facilities and schools, including fact sheets, reports, and policy updates.

California Project LEAN - California Project LEAN's (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) website centers around youth and parent empowerment approaches, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments. Click here to get updates on their work in the Central Valley.

California Obesity Prevention Program - COPP's website includes resources promoting the increase of physical activity, improvement of nutrition, and the prevention of obesity among all Californians.

California WIC - The California Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) webpage has multiple healthy beverage training and educational materials from their Rethink Your Drink Campaign that can be adapted for child care.

CDC Community Transformation Grants - This CDC funded program supports community-level efforts promoting healthy lifestyles that reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

Center for Oral Health - COH is dedicated to promoting public oral health, with a focus on children and vulnerable populations. COH collaborates with national, state, and local partners to create strategies for improving their oral health.

Child Care Food Program Roundtable - The CCFP has numerous resources that advocate for the right of every child to have access to nutritious foods and a nurturing environment that provides for an enjoyable mealtime experience, especially through CACFP.

Choose Health LA! - This Los Angeles, California intiative has reports, videos and other resources to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and reduce obesity in LA county.

Food Research and Action Center - FRAC has a number of resources on their website related to child nutrition, including an archived webcast of a webinar featuring speakers from California Food Policy Advocates, USDA, and the California Endowment.

Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign - HEAL is a California initiative campaigning for cities to adopt a policy that would improve physical activity and healthy food opportunities, or adopt a resolution with specific policy goals.

Let's Move! Child Care - This online resource focuses on decreasing childhood obesity by improving various aspects of child care.  Click here to go directly to their tips and resources for healthier beverages.

Life's Sweeter with Fewer Sugary Drinks - Join the "Life's Sweeter Challenge," an on- and off-line campaign to limit the consumption of unhealthy beverages at home, and in the workplace.

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service – The FNS administers the federal school meal programs, and their website provides updates, resources, guidance, and more from the federal government on school nutrition. Click here for USDA's April memo on implementing the federal water in schools requirement, or here for guidance on water requirements for the CACFP program.

Water in Schools - This web-based toolkit provides users with information needed to promote water consumption in schools, as mandated by a California law requiring free, fresh drinking water be made available to students during school meals.




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