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Eating A Rainbow

One of the most important lessons a child will learn is healthy eating habits.  Children learn these habits at home, in school and in child care settings. Child Care providers can support these practices through participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Together CACFP, providers and parents  can work to establish and encourage healthy eating habits.  Receiving nutritious meals early in life, as well as being physically active, is critical to the establishment of positive lifelong habits. 

 

We now know that half of our plate at each meal should be filled with fruits and veggies, but not all fruit and vegetables are created equally.  Just as it’s important to eat a range of foods from different food groups, it’s also important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.  Often times color can give clues as to what vitamins and nutrients a food contains.  Encourage children to try food representing all the colors of the rainbow.    Doing so will maximize their intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients crucial in building a healthy body and mind.

 

More information on “Eating a Rainbow” and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can be found at:  www.cacfp.org or www.iowaccrr.org/providers/cacfp/

 

National Child and Adult Care Food Program Week, March 16-22, 2015