Attention, Solo Moms: First Lady Promotes Let’s Move! Child Care

Attention, Solo Moms: First Lady Promotes Let’s Move! Child Care

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Michelle Obama encourages physical activity and nutrition in early child-care and educational settings

Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is First Lady Michelle Obama’s effort to improve American children’s health by encouraging and supporting physical activity and healthy nutrition practices in early child care and educational settings. Let’s Move! Child Care focuses on five goals:

  1. Physical activity. Provide one to two hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
  2. Screen time. No screen time for children under two years of age. For children aged two and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care, and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than one to two hours of quality screen time per day (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics).
  3. Food. Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat family-style meals whenever possible, and don’t serve fried foods.
  4. Beverages. Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and don’t serve sugar-sweetened drinks. For children aged two and older, serve low-fat (1%) or nonfat milk, and no more than one four- to six-ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
  5. Infant feeding. For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding and provide breast milk to their infants, welcome them to breastfeed in the classroom and provide a designated area for those who wish to use it. Support all new parents’ decisions about infant feeding.

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