Welcome to Healthy Bodies - Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity through Child Care Health Consultation: An Online Training Course for Child Care Health Consultants. This course is designed for child care health consultants and consists of five sections that present information relevant to promoting good nutrition and physical activity in the child care setting. The course provides information on the following topics: the child care nutrition plan, requirements for food safety, meeting children’s nutritional needs, promoting healthy eating habits, and physical activity.

The purpose of the Healthy Bodies curriculum is to promote behaviors in the child care setting that support the physical health of children. This training is intended to be viewed by child care health consultants (CCHCs) who will then assist child care facilities in improving their practices and policies.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the child care health consultant (CCHC) should be able to:

  1. Describe nutritional needs for healthy growth and development in infants and children
  2. Assist child care staff in making changes to nutrition plans/menus, food management practices, mealtime environment, and nutrition education
  3. List benefits of regular physical activity for children
  4. Partner with child care staff to develop and implement a physical activity policy that promotes a safe and engaging play environment for children.

Course Overview

The course consists of 5 sections that are intended to be viewed in sequential order. Each section has a set of learning objectives, content related to the section topic, and a series of learning activities to test your knowledge after completing the section. The learning activities are not scored and you may review the content of the section as many times as you like before completing the activities and moving on to a new section. Although individual paces will vary, the total time needed to complete the course is approximately 2 hours.

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (CFOC) is a set of 686 attainable standards that are intended for use by health care professionals, trainers, regulators, caregivers/teachers, academics and researchers, parents/guardians, and others “who work toward the goal of ensuring that all children from day one have the opportunity to grow and develop appropriately, to thrive in healthy and safe environments, and to develop healthy and safe behaviors that will last a lifetime” (CFOC 3rd ed., 2011, p. xxi). These standards, supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, were developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.

This course will highlight the Caring for Our Children (CFOC) national guidelines (3rd ed., 2011) for nutrition and physical activity in out-of-home child care facilities and describe ways the CCHC can help the child care staff adhere to sound food management practices.

Healthy Bodies is a project of the National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants (NTI). NTI is a cooperative undertaking of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health and the FPG Child Development Institute (FPG), both of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NTI is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Grant #U46MC00003).