The Healthy Kids Healthy Childcare program is a partnership with the NM Department of Health and Healthy Kids New Mexico to create healthy environments and programs to give kids what they need to play well, eat well, learn well, and live healthy and full lives. Simply put, healthy eating and physical activity are two lifestyle choices that prevent obesity and subsequent chronic disease.
The program promotes the 5-2-1-0 Challenge:
- 5: Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- 2: Trim screen time to 2 hours or less a day
- 1: Move More–be active at least 1 hour every day
- O: Drinks lots of H2O (water)
Healthy Kids Healthy Childcare aims to train childcare providers from licensed childcare centers and home-based daycares about the initiative and encourages a self-assessment and action plan for each childcare facility. Working together, we can reduce the trend of overweight and obese children by shaping and nurturing our own children’s healthy eating and active living habits, creating and sustaining healthy environments, and promoting positive health policies.