Beverages

It is important to think about healthy beverages when talking about nutrition. Sugary drinks and juices can be quick and easy but these options provide unneeded calories and can increase dental cavities. The below resources will help you improve practices in your child care related to beverages.

 

Best Practices

Select the best practice to find resources that can help you reach that best practice.

 

“Locate soda and other vending machines off-site.”

 
The Nemours Foundation Website

Summary: Click on the Provide Healthy Beverages circle to get information about water, what kind of milk to serve children of different ages, and 100% juices. This includes a link to a e-book about water that you can play/read to your day care kids, as well as a water tip sheet.
Source:  The Nemours Foundation
Access:  https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manuals

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.
Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care
Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

 

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“Make drinking water easily visible and available for self-serve indoors.”
 

Making Healthy Choices: Week 10 – Think about your drink

Summary:  Newsletter featuring tips for increasing water consumption and reducing drinks with added sugar.
Source:  Michigan State University Extension
Access: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/resources/pdfs/TR.10.pdf

 
The Nemours Foundation Website

Summary:  Click on the Provide Healthy Beverages circle to get information about water, what kind of milk to serve children of different ages, and 100% juices.  This includes a link to a e-book about water that you can play/read to your day care kids, as well as a water tip sheet.
Source:  The Nemours Foundation
Access:  https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/


Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manuals

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.
Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care
Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp


Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children

Summary:  Collection of tip sheets for nutrition and physical activity. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help apply the tips to a child care program for children ages 2 through 5 years old. See pages 33-35 and 51-53.
Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nutrition-and-wellness-tips-young-children-provider-handbook-child-and-adult-care-food-program

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“Make drinking water easily visible and available for self-serve outdoors.”
 

Making Healthy Choices: Week 10 – Think about your drink

Summary:  Newsletter featuring tips for increasing water consumption and reducing drinks with added sugar.
Source:  Michigan State University Extension
Access: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/resources/pdfs/TR.10.pdf

 
The Nemours Foundation Website

Summary:  Click on the Provide Healthy Beverages circle to get information about water, what kind of milk to serve children of different ages, and 100% juices.  This includes a link to a e-book about water that you can play/read to your day care kids, as well as a water tip sheet.
Source:  The Nemours Foundation
Access:  https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/

 
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manuals


Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.
Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care
Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

 

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children

Summary:  Collection of tip sheets for nutrition and physical activity. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help apply the tips to a child care program for children ages 2 through 5 years old. See pages 33-35 and 51-53.
Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nutrition-and-wellness-tips-young-children-provider-handbook-child-and-adult-care-food-program

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“Offer 100% fruit juice 2 times a week or less.”
 

The Nemours Foundation Website

Summary:  Click on the Provide Healthy Beverages circle to get information about water, what kind of milk to serve children of different ages, and 100% juices.  This includes a link to a e-book about water that you can play/read to your day care kids, as well as a water tip sheet.
Source:  The Nemours Foundation
Access:  https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/


Nibbles for Health Newsletter – Juice or Fruit Drinks?

Summary:  Newsletter featuring tips for juice recommendations for children.
Source:  United States Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Services
Access: https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/Nibbles_Newsletter_19.pdf

 
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manuals

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.
Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care
Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

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“Offer sugary drinks (Kool-Aid, sports drinks, sweet tea, soda, punches) rarely or never.”
 

The Nemours Foundation Website

Summary:  Click on the Provide Healthy Beverages circle to get information about water, what kind of milk to serve children of different ages, and 100% juices.  This includes a link to a e-book about water that you can play/read to your day care kids, as well as a water tip sheet.
Source:  The Nemours Foundation
Access:  https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/

 

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manuals

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.
Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care
Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

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“Serve skim or 1% milk to children over 2 years.”
 

The Nemours Foundation Website

Summary:  Click on the Provide Healthy Beverages circle to get information about water, what kind of milk to serve children of different ages, and 100% juices.  This includes a link to a e-book about water that you can play/read to your day care kids, as well as a water tip sheet.
Source:  The Nemours Foundation
Access:  https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/

 
New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns:  Child and Adult Meals

Summary: The USDA recently updated the CACFP food patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy foods. The new child and adult meal patterns include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
Access: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_childadultmealstandards.pdf


New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns: Infant Meals

Summary:  The USDA recently updated the CACFP food patterns for adults and children so they have access to healthy foods.  The changes to the infant plan include the support of breastfeeding and fruits and vegetable consumption.
Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_infantmealstandards.pdf

 

Nibbles for Health Newsletter – For Growing Bones…Which Milk?

Summary:  Newsletter featuring tips for and benefits of milk.
Source:  United States Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Services
Access:  https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/Nibbles_Newsletter_6.pdf

 

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manuals

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.
Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care
Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

 

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children

Summary:  Collection of tip sheets for nutrition and physical activity. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help apply the tips to a child care program for children ages 2 through 5 years old. See pages 33-35 and 51-53.
Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nutrition-and-wellness-tips-young-children-provider-handbook-child-and-adult-care-food-program

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