ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals

ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals ChildObesity180 is committed to utilizing the best available scientific evidence and recommendat...
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ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals ChildObesity180 is committed to utilizing the best available scientific evidence and recommendations to inform our work. This process includes assembling the best evidence and recommendations, and applying them to develop both organizational and initiative goals. Summarized below are the broad goals of each initiative, followed by the evidence and recommendations that guide and inform our work. Relevant highlights from each source are included.

ChildObesity180 Initiative Goals Based on the recommendations below, ChildObesity180’s initiatives are striving for the following: Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP): Contribute 20 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity/day (1/3 of the daily recommended 60 minutes) through ASAP programming, recognizing that there are other opportunities for physical activity at school (e.g. PE). Breakfast Initiative: Support school breakfast programs that follow the USDA Nutrition Standards4. Communicate the evidence on the benefits of breakfast consumption as well as the research gaps, and encourage school breakfast participation. Healthy Kids Out of School (HKOS): PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Encourage the following physical activity goals for out-ofschool-time activities: • Sports-related programs: At least 30 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity at each practice/game • Non-sport programs: Opportunities to engage in physical activity at least 20% of program time at each meeting, with at least 50% of the physical activity being moderate-vigorous These targets can be achieved over time through gradual increases in minutes of physical activity, when full achievement is not practical at the outset. BEVERAGES: Make water available and promote water as the beverage of choice in all out-of-school-time settings. Water is the appropriate drink for short-duration programs. SNACKS: Serve fruits and vegetables. Due to the short duration of many outof-school-time programs, snacks may not be necessary.

ChildObesity180 at Tufts University www.ChildObesity180.org

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General Nutrition and Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 1. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010)1 • 5 servings of fruits/ vegetables a day. (Serving size dependent on whether fresh, frozen, canned, or dried) • Calories: o Ages 4-8: 1200-2000/day (Varies by activity level and gender; this range is for sedentary female to active male) o Ages 9-13: 1400-2600/day (Varies by activity level and gender; this range is for sedentary female to active male) • Total fat: 25-35% of total calories; Saturated fat: