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St. Francis Preschool Recognized for Eating Smart

Maryville,
MO
5/4/2015

​​ Mo Eat Smart.jpg​​​​St. Francis Preschool and Child Care is excited to receive continued recognition for Missouri Eat Smart Child Care at the advanced level.


Eat Smart Child Care is a program from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that aims to help child care providers give Missouri's children a positive nutrition experience.


The Eat Smart program was developed on the principle that child care providers play an important role in developing early childhood healthy eating habits. Children learn to make smart decisions, building a foundation for a lifetime of healthy snack and meal choices.


"The meals children eat in child care provide a personal experience that can shape behavior far past their time in care," explains Cindy Sons, Preschool and Child Care Director. "Children with positive eating habits learn more, can do more, and keep a healthy weight."


The goals of Eat Smart Child Care are: to help prevent childhood obesity; to show that providers care about the health of children in their care; and to attract parents who care about the food their kids eat while away from home. The Eat Smart guidelines are designed to boost the nutrition of children ages 2 to 12 and help them maintain a healthy weight and include recommendations for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.


​​For more information about Missouri Eat Smart Child Care or about any of the St. Francis Preschool and Child Care programs, please call (660) 562-7920.

 

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