In the early childhood sector, 5210 Jefferson aims to increase healthy eating and physical activity among children in child care settings. The child care environment can play an important role developing health behaviors of children during formative years. Child care activities can provide opportunities for physical activity, healthy eating, and role models for these behaviors.
As children age, their habits solidify. Good nutrition and plenty of physical activity are key to a young child's growth and development. The early years of childhood – from birth to age 5 – are a critical period for the development of these healthy behaviors that can have a lifelong impact on a child's quality of life.