Oak Creek preschool working to instill good eating habits at an early age
Carole Meekins reports that the Children of America Childcare Academy in Oak Creek is trying to instill good eating habits at an early age in it's "Mind and Body Matters program." Video by tmj4.comvideo
OAK CREEK - Snack time at the Children of America Childcare Academy in Oak Creek means a healthy treat like yogurt and mandarin oranges. The preschool is trying to instill good eating habits at an early age in it's "Mind and Body Matters program."
Children of America is one of the first preschools to integrate wellness programs in it's curriculum.
"Children really make their milestones of how they are going to eat, excercise and react to things by the early age of 5," said Becky Young, Director of Programming.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. Overweight children are more likely to develop heart disease and a host of other health problems. Young says kids can learn to enjoy nutritional foods.
"It's kind of troubling sometimes when they are introduced to that new food," Young said. "But it's still exciting when a month or two down the road they're like, 'Oh green beans are great! Oh, this tri-color color pasta is wonderful!'"
The Children of America Educational Childcare Academy is confident a head start at wellness will give kids the best chance to become healthy adults.