A return of 51 surveys yielded a 12% response rate.Pre-program, post-program, and long-term behavior checklists were compared for significant changes in food resource management practices, food security practices, food safety practices, and nutritional practices.Qualitative interviews were conducted with child care facility staff and key industry stakeholders.
Educational programs such as the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) are designed to improve dietary behaviors among low-income populations.
The Meeting recognized that good nutrition is fundamental for children’s current and future health, as well as their development and learning.
The benefits of developing healthy dietary and lifestyle patterns from an early age onwards can positively impact on people’s nutrition and health throughout their adult lives, and enhance the productivity of individuals and nations.
The provision of a nutritious diet in a child’s early years can have an immense effect on their future health and wellbeing.
Due to the increasing number of children attending child care, this setting is strategically placed for teaching children important food literacy skills and establishing positive eating habits, which remain through to adulthood.