One in 5 children under the age of six are overweight or obese. Plus, more are being diagnosed with obesity-related conditions that were traditionally only seen in adults – like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Child care providers are in a unique spot to help prevent childhood obesity from the start.
The fitCare initiative Best Practice Program was developed through a partnership between the SD Department of Health, SD Department of Social Services, Sanford Children’s and Sanford fit initiative.
What is fit?
The fitCare program emphasizes a holistic approach to living a healthy lifestyle and considers being fit as the ability to interplay between nutrition, physical activity, emotional management and rest to achieve a healthy lifestyle. These four facets combine to create fit.
What is the fitCare Best Practice Program?
The fitCare Best Practice Program was developed to help South Dakota child caregivers develop and maintain a ‘healthy’ child care program environment. Research suggests that if children start learning healthy habits at a young age, these healthy habits will most likely follow them as they grow older.
fitCare provides participants with the education and support to identify best practice to support a child’s development of healthy lifestyle habits with their programs and to plan for program improvements when needed. fitCare provides caregivers with the knowledge and skills to:
The fitCare Practice Program consists of four steps: