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Study: Children In Daycare More Likely To Be Overweight
A recent study found young children who attend daycare on a regular basis are 50 percent more likely to be overweight compared to those who stay at home with their parents.
The University of Montreal studied 1,649 families with children born in 1997 and 1998 over a six year period to uncover the link.
Because of childhood obesity, a local childcare center is taking a proactive approach. Eco Kids Preschool is opening children’s mind to eating right by offering organic and fresh fruit, veggies and meat.
“There is nothing wrong with chicken nuggets if they are healthy. We do burgers, but we do veggie burgers. One of the kids favorites are black bean burgers,” said founder Albert Clary.
The daycare not only focuses on nutrition, but exercise and developing the mind. “The big rage is for kids to not go outside, but to sit around. I'm sure they have strong thumbs to play video games or watch TV,” said Clary.
By encouraging better options, founder Albert Clary wants others to pass on the message. “The biggest thing that tells me that things are going right, is that a parent will come and ask for a recipe,” said Clary.
Doctors at Dell Children’s Medical Center took the issue to the Texas Legislature to improve the health of infants and children under the age of 6. “In the last legislative session, Senator Lucio introduced senate bill 395. And that formed an interagency council to examine the issues of child care,” said Dr. Stephen Pont.
Those recommendations include offering breast milk, increasing vegetable consumption and increasing physical activity.
“We recommend no TV time for kids who are under two years old. And over two years old to really keep it under one or no more than two hours a day,” said Pont.
The new requirements will be implemented in child care centers once the recommendations are approved. The council is on the first year of their six year developmental plan.
By Christie Post