Foods Offered Outside of Regular Meals and Snacks

It is important to provide and enforce written guidelines for healthier food brought in and served for holidays and celebrations. Healthy options should be a part of every meal or snack served to support a culture of health and improve nutrition! Below you will find resources that will help you create healthy options for all occasions.

 

Best Practices


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

 

 

“Celebrate holidays with mostly healthy foods and non-food treats.”


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

 

Sample Child Care Nutrition Policy  

Summary:  A sample policy that allows a center to fill in the blanks and customize to meet their needs.
Source:  SC Child Care Services
Access:  http://www.scchildcare.org/media/6941/GH_SAMPLE_Level_B_Nutrition_Policy.pdf

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“Fundraising, if conducted, consists of selling non-food items only.”


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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“Provide and enforce written guidelines for healthier food brought in and served for holidays and celebrations.”


Action Guide: For Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

Summary: A guide for creating policies including rationale, steps for creating policies, and policy recommendations. 
Source:  Connecticut State Department of Education
Access:  https://healthymeals.fns.usda.gov/hsmrs/Connecticut/CCAG_ActionGuide.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

 

Sample Child Care Nutrition Policy  

Summary:  A sample policy that allows a center to fill in the blanks and customize to meet their needs.
Source:  SC Child Care Services
Access:  http://www.scchildcare.org/media/6941/GH_SAMPLE_Level_B_Nutrition_Policy.pdf

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