As reported in this issue, childhood obesity is at an all-time high. American children are heavier than ever and the trend shows no signs of stopping. According to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 percent of young children between the ages of two and five years are overweight. But there’s hope. Child care programs can make a difference in helping youngsters develop a healthy lifestyle – and it can be fun, simple, and inexpensive! Begin making physical activities a part of your daily curriculum with the following activity ideas.
Carolyn Tomlin has taught early childhood education at Union University. She writes for numerous educational publications.