Licensed child care can help children develop healthy eating habits. The resources below can enhance nutrition education efforts and the implementation of California's new healthy beverage guidelines.

Educational Materials

USDA Team Nutrition - Team Nutrition has released a new handbook that gives nutrition and wellness tips to help CACFP providers create healther childcare environments for their children. The handbook includes tipsheets for Making Water Available throughout the Day and Building a Healthy Plate with Milk.

Water in Schools - This reference chart lists multiple options for water dispensers that can be used in your child care facility to meet AB 2084 standards. This information was gathered from current practices in schools, and includes prices, current users, and additional considerations.

USDA's MyPlate - The USDA has replaced the twenty year old food pyramid with a "nutritional plate" to represent a healthy diet and new nutritional guidelines. Click here to see beverage recommendations for preschool children.

Potter the Otter - A Tale About Water - A storybook for young children that shows them how to make healthy drink choices.

Water First: Think your Drink - This colorful website contains tips and tools for parents and kids on the importance of drinking water, and reducing consumption of sugary drinks.

Healthy & Active Preschoolers - This colorful tip sheet explains the differences between sugary drinks and healthy beverages. Also available in Spanish.

Let's Move! Child Care - A checklist to help child care providers determine if there are healthy beverages available in their child care setting.

Choose Health LA! - This online resource visually shows how much sugar there is in popular sugary drinks.

Bay Area Nutrition & Physical Activity Collaborative - BANPAC's website has a large collection of educational materials to encourage making healthier beverage choices. Resources are also available in multiple languages. Click here for examples of healthy beverage policies, and guidance on how to implement them.

Contra Costa Child Care Council - This guide includes a Self-Assessment Questionnaire and a Best Practices Manual to help those working in child care through the process of developing and implementing written nutrition policies. Also, with funding from A Network for a Healthy California, CoCo Kids developed these three bookmarks focused on fruits & vegetables, healthy beverages and whole grains. They promote best practices for successfully serving healthy nutrition and healthy beverages to young children in the child care setting and at home. On the front of each bookmark, the child makes a request to help him or her grow up healthy, and the back of each bookmark contains a checklist to help an adult meet that request.

Sugary Drink F.A.C.T.S. - Get updated on marketing information for popular sugary drinks that are targeted towards children.

Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity - This PowerPoint presentation, titled "North American Campaigns to Reduce Soda Consumption and Promote Healthy Beverages," provides a broad overview of the types of healthy beverage campaigns occurring today, and examples of how they are doing them.

Rethink Your Drink - This useful poster shows a simple way to calculate how many teaspoons of sugar are in any given drink. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program's Rethink Your Drink also has a PowerPoint presentation showing how simple it is to be "sugar savvy"- to download it, click here.

Soda Free Summer! - This colorful website has resources from Alameda County Public Health Department's 2011 Soda Free Summer Initiative, including tip sheets and workshop materials.

Stop the Pop - This Missouri Dental Association webpage features materials explaining how sugary drinks lead to poor oral health.

Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 - This webpage offers a free download of Let's Go! 5-2-1-0's child care toolkit, with the healthy beverage materials listed under "Tab 3."

CCRWF Nutrition Primer - Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California is an online resource that focuses on low-income Californians' nutrition, food assistance, and physical activity programs. Click here to go directly to the sugary drinks module.

Mealtime Memo for Child Care - This All About Water newsletter highlights nutrition topics and activities, including: food sources of water, CACFP water availability standards, tips for serving and increasing the availability of water, water activities, and community events and field trips.

Kick the Can - This website highlights the health consequences of sugary drinks and the benefits of consuming healthy beverages. It has resources that range from research to videos, and even features a map that can link you to other healthy beverage campaigns!

California Food Policy Advocates - This presentation from the 2012 Child Care Food Program Roundtable conference highlights research, challenges, best practices, and resources for serving healthy beverages in child care.

Sugar Bites - Sugar Bites is a social marketing campaign aimed at preventing childhood obesity in Contra Costa County through reducing consumption of sugary drinks. In order to protect the health of Contra Costa County kids, Sugar Bites urges parents to choose water for their kids instead of sugary drinks. Sugar Bites is a collaborative effort of First 5 Contra Costa and Healthy and Active Before 5.

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First 5 LA - This report shows the negative consequences of sugary drink consumption by children.

Institute of Medicine - This report from the Institute of Medicine recommends water as an early childhood obesity prevention strategy.

NYC Department of Public Health - This Health Bulletin from the New York City Department of Public Health and Mental Hygiene shows the differences between healthy beverages and sugary drinks.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - This toolkit focuses on how to create policy and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity, including resources for promoting healthy beverages.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - This May 2012 comissioned analysis recommends that child care providers should provide water "both between and during meals and snacks as there is no evidence to support the concern that water might interfere with the intake of milk and other healthy foods" in children.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - This new RWJF-funded research review and issue brief examine consumption of sports drinks by children and adolescents. The #1 recommendation: Fresh, safe, and free drinking water should be available at all times for children and adolescents, especially in schools and on athletic fields, recreational facilities, out-of-school time programs, and parks. Read the research review. Read the related issue brief.

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