Active Play and Inactive Time

Making sure that you and the children you care for are active everyday is important for overall health and development. Below you will find resources that can help you be more physically active at your child care home or center.

Fact Sheet for Health Professionals on Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents

Summary: Guidelines for children and adolescents on physical activity based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



GO Noodle For Schools - Indoor Physical Activity Ideas

Summary:  Ideas for indoor physical activity for providers in schools and child care.

Source:  GO Noodle, Inc.



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

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. See pages 1-14.

Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care



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 63-68.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service



Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents

Summary: This pdf discusses the types and amounts of physical activity recommended for children and adolescents.

Source: American College of Sports Medicine



The 3 Ring Food Circus: Easy and Fun Food-Related Activities for Preschoolers and Young Children

Summary :This book contains activities that teach young children about trying and learning new foods, having fun being physically active, and using MyPlate to fill a healthy plate. You can download a pdf from this site.

Source:  United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Access:  https://www.milkmeansmore/3-ring-food-circus