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Nutrition for Young Children: Best Practices in Early Childcare

Teachers at the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton have prepared for the 2018-2019 academic year by learning about best practices in Early Childhood Nutrition. Presented by Melanie Shefchik, Montclair State University, Instructional Specialist, Public Health, teachers participated in discussions about why good nutrition is important for growing bodies and minds, and discussed how the child care environment impacts young children—children may receive between 50% to 75% of their daily calories at the Club. Teachers explored their role in helping to shape children’s eating habits on a daily basis. For example, modeling healthy eating choices, making the healthy choice the easy choice. Teachers also discussed ways in which parents can help shape their children’s eating habits. Parents can celebrate birthdays with non-food activities, crafts, games, fruit, or low-fat foods in moderate proportions. Together, we can help create a culture of wellness for our children, our families and our community. Small steps, big impact.

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Boys & Girls Club of Clifton (BGCClifton)

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 70 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton has provided targeted programs that help youth achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle.