GSA’s Child Care Centers Join Let’s Move

GSA has teamed up with the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Child Care, a campaign that offers child care providers an easy checklist to fight obesity and give our youngest children a healthy start. GSA has pledged that all of its 109 child care centers will use Let’s Move! Child Care’s five-step checklist to ensure that youngsters are getting healthy meals and physical activities into their daily routines.

At GSA, we are responsible for more than 8,300 children at our child care facilities across the country.   Our child care centers care for the children of federal employees as well as children from local communities.  That is why we are joining with other child care providers in committing to meet Let’s Move! Child Care’s standards for nutrition, exercise, and limiting television time for young children.

Child care centers have an important role to play in helping ensure that we build a generation of healthy kids, and these small changes can make a big difference.  By instilling healthy habits in kids today, we can be sure that they will grow into healthy adults tomorrow.   The Let’s Move! Child Care program is just one more way that GSA is meeting top standards in providing quality care at our facilities.

The Let’s Move! Child Care checklist consists of five principles:

  • Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
  • Screen Time: No screen time for children under 2 years.  For children age 2 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 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day, the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style when possible, and no fried foods.
  • Beverages: Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and do not serve sugary drinks.  For children age two and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-6 ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
  • Infant feeding: For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day; and support all new parents in their decisions about infant feeding.

To find out more about GSA’s child care facilities, please visit http://www.gsa.gov/childcare

For more information on Let’s Move! Child Care please visit: www.HealthyKidsHealthyFuture.org