Child care centers to follow first lady guidelines

The Learning Care Group says it will limit TV and computer time for children, eliminate fried foods and more
Associated Press
Feb 28, 2014

 

The nation's second-largest for-profit child care provider is adopting Michelle Obama's healthy eating and activity guidelines.

The Learning Care Group, based in Novi, Mich., says it will limit TV and computer time for children, eliminate fried foods, serve fruits and-or vegetables at every meal, replace sugary drinks with water or plain, low-fat milk, and provide at least an hour of daily physical activity.

It will also allow mothers to provide breast milk for their children and accommodate mothers who want to breast feed.

The Learning Care Group says it provides early education and child care services to more than 100,000 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years at its 900 centers around the country. The centers operate under five brand names: Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers, The Children's Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited and La Petite Academy.

Mrs. Obama planned to visit a La Petite Academy center in the Washington suburb of Bowie, Md., on Thursday to applaud The Learning Care Group's decision.

The first lady this week has been marking the fourth anniversary of "Let's Move," the initiative to combat childhood obesity that she launched in February 2010. The healthy eating and activity guidelines for child care centers, which were released in 2011, are part of that program.

Some 13,000 child care centers nationwide are now following the rules, said Sam Kass, the executive director of "Let's Move."

Getting kids off to a healthy start is "absolutely vital" because their tastes, preferences and habits are shaped in the earliest years of their lives, he said.

In October 2012, The Learning Care Group voluntarily put in place guidelines that mirror the steps the first lady has asked child care centers to take.

Formally adopting the first lady's guidelines means the rules will be institutionalized across the company. The Learning Care Group will also now answer to the Partnership for a Healthier America, a third-party organization that supports the first lady's effort by holding companies accountable for the commitments they make to improve the health of Americans.

 

Comments

YoMamma

Because Michelle is the poster child of obesity!

santown419

Why you jealous of her?

coasterfan

Typical YoMamma comment. Mouth set on "Fast Forward". Brain set on "Pause".

deertracker

What brain?

Contango

Nothing quite like having the State feed, educate, house & entertain millions of children in order to help create a nation of future socio-economic dependents, who will tend to vote for and rabidly support their autocratic political class masters.

FORWARD SOVIET!

santown419

So how is the state feeding and housing its daycare. Since you don't have kids that young and I do have kids in daycare while we work there is no problem with what they are doing.

Contango

Re: "no problem with what they are doing."

Not surprised that you would see "no problem."

Did you vote for Michelle's husband?

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Re: "The Learning Care Group"

They like those govt. (taxpayer funded) contracts.

deertracker

Ignore the drunk sandtown!

coasterfan

Nothing like sharing my country with someone who doesn't think we should try to help the less fortunate of us, who apparently thinks we should let small children should go hungry.

We all know what you REALLY stand for, Contango: it's an "I Got Mine. To heck with everyone else". I'm different, I guess. I"m thankful for what I have, and actually want to help other people.

The unspoken thing about all the Republican complaints is that the amount of money we spend on food stamps is miniscule compared to the amount of money we spend on new tanks for the military and subsidies/tax breaks for oil companies.

Anyone who truly cares about our future and our future economy understands that it is FAR better to exert an ounce of prevention, than to later pay for a pound of cure. If we do nothing, and let another generation of Americans adopt poor eating habits, WE get to pay for their inevitable increased health issues.

I recently read that the current youth generation is the first in American history with a lower life expectancy than that of their parents. If you don't think it's a smart move to try to prevent future health problems, then you're entitled to your ignorance, I guess.

Reading the wording and tone of your emails, I gotta say: you sound far more scary than 99% of the people I interact with. The non-stop tone of paranoia and anger, is something I would associate with a David Koresh-type. In short, an outlier, someone who really doesn't fit in with the rest of us Americans.

Contango

Re: "Nothing like sharing my country (snip),"

Hypothetical nonsense and wrong-headed assumptions.

One word: Charities.

FORWARD SOVIET, COMRADE!

Contango

Re: "new tanks,"

Off-topic 'but': Watch the Ukraine.

FYI:

http://www.stripes.com/news/amer...

Some analysts expected Putin to 'pull something' after the Olympics.

What will Comrade President Obama do?

deertracker

He should do NOTHING! It is not America's business!

BabyMomma

I hate the Obamas, that's been stated......but I can't for the life of me understand why they would serve fried foods and sugary drinks at daycare. My kid loves milk and fruit cups. This is something that should never have been an issue. It's not like the Queen made it a law, she is pushing for healthier kids and I'm totally cool with that. Our kids need to be healthy. Glad the Obamas aren't totally worthless!

deertracker

Why hate the Obamas or anyone that's promoting healthy eating for kids? A doctor will promote the same. Milk? Yuk!

BabyMomma

I am cool with it! I have zero problems with this article. Why are you jumping on my nuts? It doesn't change our economy, it's not a law, it's an organization that took someone's advice. I agree with the advice. Barry is still a bad President, as was Bush, as was Clinton. Can't even give Michelle a compliment without Deertracker Jackson chiming in.

BabyMomma

Don't drink milk cause it's white? I love chocolate milk

deertracker

When cows start drinking it so will I. Chocolate milk is still milk.

BabyMomma

Baby cows drink it.

ladydye_5

Agreed. I thought baby cows nursed?

coasterfan

Tango: It's only hypothetical nonsense in that hypothetical nonsense world of Conservative talk radio and on Fox. Conservatives have noooooo problem accepting handouts, be it from FEMA or subsidies/tax breaks, but they have a huge huge huge problem returning the favor. This is what we call greed.

Contango

Re: "It's (snip)"

lol

NO, your rant towards me was hypothetical nonsense and full of wrong-headed assumptions.

Typical.

You've admitted that you're an authoritarian Statist - ALL I need to know.

Otto von Bismarck, the creator of the modern welfare state would be proud.

BabyMomma

Where's our token White kid in the pic?

deertracker

In the back!

BabyMomma

Mexican

Darwin's choice

That would be coasterfan......

coasterfan

Actually, a token white kid would be an inaccurate picture. Republicans don't want you to know this, but more than 50% of food stamp recipients are (gasp!) white people.

Contango

Re: "white people."

So what?

The Political Ruling Class will take their droids wherever they can find them.

Food stamps: The 21st Century equivalent of the 30s bread lines and soup kitchens.

We are in a "hidden economic depression."

Just 'papering it over' with borrowed and printed money. Thank the Fed Resv.

FORWARD SOVIET!

deertracker

It's "your" not you're!

Contango

Re: "It's, "

lol

It's: Your, not "you're."

You're 'quoting' me, deerturd.

deertracker

Correcting you!

Contango

Re: "Correcting (snip)"

And I was correcting you, deerturd.

deertracker

You were? NICE CORRECTION! YOU'RE WELCOME!

Contango

Re: "You"

Not thanking you, deerturd.

I corrected it and a couple other errors in the post without even reading your mindless drivel.

Better scroll down to santown419’s post, he needs your help:

"your the exception right.”

Have a nice day, 'turd.

KnuckleDragger

Another number pulled out of the coaternut tush. The number of food stamp recipients who are white is 36%. This from government figures. Maybe you should stop getting your information from Huffington Post.

deertracker

So if every Black person in Americas was on food stamps it will still be less than whites!

grumpy

You are supposed to believe what coaster says without needing to check on his numbers or sources. After all he doesn't need to prove what he states. His memory is dman near perfect and he doesn't need to prove anything, nor say where he gets it from even when pulled kicking and screaming from his tush. He has no need to be correct, it is enough that he is coasterfan.

BabyMomma

I didn't say anything about food stamps cooterfan. I asked where the token white kid was. Ever watch Southpark?

O'Heritage

Race on Food Stamps, According to Pew Research, per capita:
White - 15%
Black - 31%
Hispanic 22%
Other - 18%

But a better indicator is the huge increase in food stamp users since Obama took over the U.S. Economy:

Ohio 2008 - 10%. 2012 - 15.7%
Georgia 2008 - 10.7%. 2012 - 19.3%
... And the list goes on. (Governing.com)

huronguy

The white kid is behind the desk trying to educate Michelle and the black kids all to no avail as usual.

santown419

So herionguy your the exception right. You are to dumb and useless full of hate and bs.

BabyMomma

This is laughable at best. ^^ Punctuation and Grammar are sentences best friends. It will also make you look more intelligent and give your insults more credibility. Especially when you call someone dumb, when you yourself made 5 mistakes in 2 sentences. Owned!

huronguy

Sandtown419.... I'm dumb? Check your spelling. Deer tracker if you look up numbers per population they're way more black ppl on food stamps than white ppl. Plus the majority of that money comes from white folks anyways.

deertracker

Do the math stupidhuronguy! Blacks only account for 12% of the population.

pntbutterandjelly

To "coasterfan", "Are you really a fan of rollercoasters?" If so, I have some, kinda', interesting information for you. Let me know.

pntbutterandjelly

More and more Americans ARE becoming aware of proper nutritional requirements vs. our extremely toxic food chain as being (no word play) "fed" to us by Corporate Farming and their cronies plying the hallways of Congress in their Lobbying suits. The days of wholesome food sources have been displaced by "whatever is tasty, fast and cheap and to heck with our health and the health of our children". Now, the pendulum is starting to reverse course again. "Organic", "Natural" and "Green" are growing in strength and numbers. The battle is now between BIG $$$ vs. health, morality and decency. I wholly support the latter rather than the former.

pntbutterandjelly

If "you" oppose any legislation or initiatives for better health...you are hopeless and I offer you a few gallons of Monsanto herbeside for you to celebrate with. "Here's drinking to your health!"

pntbutterandjelly

It's amazing (but not surprising) that some of you here have taken this topic to a "black vs. white" discussion. It speaks VOLUMES about you and your mindset. Your bigotry outweighs your sensibility. Your bias outpaces your thought processes. Your hatred outstrips all forms of intelligence discussion. Seriously.

huronguy

Deer tracker your stupidity amazes me somedays. Ok let's say 12% of America is black now how many of that 12% is on some sort of assistance? Let's go with o'heritages number of 31%, you see where I'm going with this? I just wish your peoples abortion rate was this high!

BabyMomma

That's f'd up bro. It did make me lol though. I enjoy dead baby jokes, most don't.

deertracker

That's 31% of 12%. See where I'm going!?

KURTje

So you know about Louis Broomfield peanut? Rachel Carson? Mega farms are ****. Thank you Earl Butz. Greed has produced low quality meat & produce.

pntbutterandjelly

@ kURTje; "Yes" greed has done that and...it is the root of all the other evils we are contending with.

Contango

Re: "greed,"

To ascribe an inflammatory term like "greed" to complex human issues, IMO demonstrates a lack of understanding of human nature and motivation.

EVERYONE can be criticized as 'greedy," in some way, shape or form, depending on the time, place and circumstances.

Read an interesting commentary, a while ago:

"Thoughts on the Too-Easy Use of the Word 'Greed'”

http://cafehayek.com/2013/05/tho...

Donegan

The moral of this story is that liberals are so stupid they need legislation on what to eat to figure out what is bad for them.

The Big Dog's back

I don't think it's Liberals who have the Confederate flag on their pickum up trucks or their houses on wheels.

deertracker

LMFAO!

deertracker

Happy White History Month dummygan!