Motivation Monday: Healthy habits for preschoolers

7:15 AM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- With more mothers working full or part time, childcare is a fact of life for most families.

Nearly 13 million American preschoolers are enrolled in childcare programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That means that more than 60 percent of the nation's children ages six and under are supervised during the day by someone other than a parent.

When parents choose people to care for children in their absence, what do they value? Warmth and caring no doubt come to mind. A safe and nurturing environment is critical, too.

Nutrition also is just as important to many parents. The quality of the food your child eats while in any childcare situation affects his short- and long-term health and well-being.

Anything less than a high standard for nutrition can set the stage for poor eating habits that your youngster may never outgrow.

In this week's Motivation Monday, Fitness Expert Chris Freytag visited Minnesota-based New Horizon Academy where they have a plan in place to help preschoolers sprout healthy habits from the beginning.

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