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Childcare provider training to be held Oct. 26 in Toledo

October 2, 2017
From: Cheryl Bruene - Tama County Extension and Outreach , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Iowa's youth are at risk. Approximately one in three children (31.7 percent) under age 5 is considered overweight or obese, which is slightly higher than the national average of 30.5 percent. A number of factors contribute to this issue, including lack of physical activity and low fruit and vegetable intake.

Extension Specialist Jill Weber will be hosting Meal Planning Magic on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Tama County Extension and Outreach office in Toledo from 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Child care providers will learn practical strategies and skills to provide a healthy environment for the children in their care.

Call 641-484-2703 for more information or to register. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 20.

"Only half of Iowa youth meet current physical activity recommendation levels, but one in four watch three or more hours of television a day," saidWeber. "As alarming as these self-reported estimates sound, research from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests an even grimmer picture. Youth 8-14 years old are using media - including television, computers, video games and music - 6-9 hours per day, but total media exposure is approximately 8-12 hours per day, because of the ability to multi-task."

Further, only 14 percent of Iowa youth eat vegetables more than three times a day (excluding French fries and potato chips), 20 percent eat fruit more than three times a day, but almost one third drink at least one non-diet soda each day. Research has shown that less than 10 percent of youth meet recommendations for fat, fruit and vegetable intake, Weber said.

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