Obesity prevention practices and policies in childcare settings enrolled and not enrolled in the child and adult care food program

September 26, 2016


  • Kendall Leser

Objectives The United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides meals and snacks to low-income children in child care. This study compared nutrition and physical activity practices and policies as well as the overall nutrition and physical activity environments in a sample of CACFP and non-CACFP child care settings. CACFP participation was not associated with written policies or physical activity practices. Conclusions for Practice There is room for improvement across nutrition and physical activity practices and policies. In addition to food reimbursement, CACFP participation may help promote child care environments that support healthy nutrition; however, additional training and education outreach activities may be needed.

Maternal Child Health Journal, 20(9), 1933-1939. doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2007-z

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