Resource List on Health, Safety and Nutrition

AbilityPath.org. (2012). Finding balance: Obesity and children with special needs. Retrieved from http://www.abilitypath.org/health-daily-care/health/growth-and-nutrition/articles/obesity/pdfs/obesity-report.pdf (PDF)

A 52-page report that addresses the issue of obesity among children with special needs. Report includes a guide for parents, practitioners and policy makers with tools, resources and solutions.

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2011, October). Back to sleep, tummy to play. Retrieved fromhttp://www.healthychildcare.org/pdf/sidstummytime.pdf (PDF)

This educational flyer for families and practitioners presents information on SIDS. Flyer is available for duplication and distribution.

American Childhood Cancer Organization. (2012). Just for kids. Available fromhttp://www.acco.org/Information/ForKids/ForKids.aspx

This site shares information about several books in English and in Spanish written specifically for young people who have cancer. It also provides links to several medical sites that have sections especially for kids with explanations of medical terms and conditions written for children. Other sites have fun things for kids with cancer to do.

American Childhood Cancer Organization. (2012). Free books for families of children with cancer. Retrieved fromhttp://www.acco.org/Information/Resources/Books.aspx

The American Childhood Cancer Organization provides this site with resources and free materials for the families of children with cancer.

AstraZeneca. (2004). Bubbliboo. Retrieved from http://www.bubbliboo.com/

This website, designed for use by children, provides information on childhood asthma including what is asthma, the importance of medicine and what it does, as well as other child-friendly activity pages.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Developmental Milestones. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

As part of their Learn the Signs - Act Early campaign, the Center for Disease control published this convenient set of milestone charts and checklists intended for parents and Early Childhood and Health practitioners.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/index.html

This website provides basic information, research findings, and current data and statistics about the results of alcohol consumption

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Winnable Battles: Nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cdc.gov/WinnableBattles/Obesity/index.html

Resources supporting how to win the battle of obesity are provided by the CDC on this website. Links are provided to written materials, Power Point slides, videos, and other related topics.

Children's Disabilities Information. (n.d.). Feeding Issues of Children. Retrieved fromhttp://www.childrensdisabilities.info/feeding/index.html

This webpage provides links to several resources on feeding issues in children. Topics include food aversion, picky eaters, dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux, oral defensiveness and traveling with pumps and ports.

Emma, L., & Jarrett, M. (2010). How we play- cultural determinants of physical activity in young children. Virginia: Head Start Body Start: National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play. Retrieved from http://www.playscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/HowWePlayLitReview.pdf (PDF)

This paper summarizes and analyzes research pertaining to the physical activity of young children and how cultural differences impact such play. Also included in this research paper is a discussion of the relationship between socio-cultural risk factors and obesity. A summary of future action-steps and policy suggestions is included.

Fleitas, J. (2009). Bandaides and Blackboards. Retrieved from http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/faculty/jfleitas/bandaides/

Site provides links to articles for children, teens and parents focusing on issues faced by young people with medical issues.

Head Start. (2012). I am Moving, I am Learning: A proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. Retrieved from http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/center/healthy-active-living/imil/imil_report.pdf

This site provides information for Head Start and other practitioners on how to address obesity within early childhood programs. Information provided on the site includes how teachers can intentionally increase the amount and intensity of physical activity, improve the quality of movement activities, and promote healthy food choices every day.

Hill, C. and Campos, M. (2012). I am moving, I am learning: a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start Children [slide show]. Retrieved from http://caheadstart.org/2012HI/CHill.pdf (PDF)

This slide show introduces the Head Start initiative, "I am Moving, I am Learning." Materials include the rationale for the program and the idea of "moderate to vigorous physical activity" (MVPA) to improve brain function as well as overall body health.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. (2010, December 15). Licensing standards for day care centers. Retrieved from ftp://www.ilga.gov/JCAR/AdminCode/089/08900407sections.html (PDF)

Part 407 of Illinois State law pertaining to the licensing of childcare centers in Illinois provides information on such topics as licensing, staffing, program requirements, health and safety, and facility requirements.

Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Child and Adult Care Food Program. (2013) Child and Adult Care Food Program Administrative Handbook For Child Care Centers.. Retrieved from http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/cacfp-handbook/cacfp-handbook.pdf (PDF)

This handbook for the State of Illinois outlines the guidelines for the federally funded program that provides reimbursement to childcare agencies that provide nutritious meals and snacks that fulfill CACFP requirements.

National Food Service Management Institute. (2006). Handbook for children with special food and nutrition needs. University of Mississippi. Retrieved from http://nfsmi-web01.nfsmi.olemiss.edu/documentlibraryfiles/PDF/20111103084132.pdf (PDF)

This 102-page handbook is for programs feeding children with special food and nutrition needs. The handbook covers specific disabilities and issues impacting nutrition and dietary restrictions.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. (2012). Caring for our children: National health and safety performance standards; Guidelines for early care and education programs. 3rd edition. Retrieved fromhttp://nrckids.org/CFOC3/PDFVersion/list.html

This extensive publication covers national standards and guidelines for health and safety in early care and education. The index provides a convenient way to search for specific topics.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. (2012). Caring for our children: National health and safety performance standards: Guidelines for early care and education programs. 3rd edition. Retrieved from http://cfoc.nrckids.org/WebFiles/AppendicesUpload/AppendixEE.pdf (PDF)

Appendix EE of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards, provides a user-friendly assessment tool for judging the safety of a playground for young children.

Nemours Foundation. (2012). KidsHealth - Health Problems. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/index.html

This section of the Kids Health web site provides links to 17 categories of health problems. Each link is subdivided with specific topics that have articles that are meant to be shared with kids about health problems they may face.

PE Central. (2011). The premier web site for health and physical education. Blacksburg, Virginia: PE Central. Retrieved from http://www.pecentral.org/

This web site provides teachers with developmentally appropriate PE activities for children Pre-K to grade 12. Lesson ideas, bulletin boards, information on best practices and assessment, adaptive PE suggestions, and links to additional websites are included.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) Public Policy Office. (2007). On Our Side: Public Support for Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Available from http://www.siecus.org/_data/global/images/public_support.pdf (PDF)

This 2-page paper outlines public support for comprehensive sexuality education.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), National Guidelines Task Force. (2004). Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, 3rd ed. Retrieved from http://www.siecus.org/_data/global/images/guidelines.pdf (PDF)

This comprehensive set of Guidelines for developing sexuality education is organized around 6 key concepts of Human Development, Relationships, Personal Skills, Sexual Behaviors, Sexual Health, and Society and Culture with suggestions for presenting them to 4 age levels from middle school through adolescence.

TED: Ideas Worth Sharing. (Feb. 2010). Jamie Oliver's TED prize wish: Teach every child about food [video]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html

In this video Jamie Oliver talks about his campaign to attack our ignorance of food and the importance of healthy eating. He shares powerful stories from his anti-obesity projects. Oliver's goals for the video include transforming the way we feed our children at school and at home.

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. (2010). Public playground safety checklist (CPSC Document #327). Retrieved from http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Sports-Fitness-and-Recreation/Playground-Safety/Public-Playground-Safety-Checklist/

This 10-step checklist provides consumers with a way to evaluate the safety of playgrounds.

United States Department of Agriculture. (2014). Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/CACFP_creditinghandbook.pdf (PDF)

Based on the guidelines for the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Illinois, the site includes meal patterns and requirements for infants through 12 years.

United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services. (2012). Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in WIC. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/Breastfeeding/mainpage.HTM

This site provides links to a variety of useful information that promotes and supports breastfeeding.

United States Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Choose My Plate.gov. Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html

This website provides information on "Choose MyPlate," the U.S. Federal Government's initiative to increase awareness of proper nutrition. Included are public awareness materials, personalized eating plans, weight loss information, details on various food groups and dietary guidelines for Americans.

United States Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Choose My Plate, Picky Eating, Kitchen Activities. Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/sites/default/files/audiences/KitchenHelperActivities.pdf

This link from the Choose My Plate website addresses issues pertinent to preschool children and provides hands-on activity ideas for getting children involved in food preparation. The goals of the activities are to eliminate picky eating.

United States Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Choose My Plate, Health and Nutrition Information for Preschoolers, Picky Eating. Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers-picky-eating

This link from the Choose My Plate website addresses picky eating in preschool-aged children.

United States Department of Agriculture. (2011). Let's Eat for the health of it: Choose My Plate Brochure. Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/printable-materials (PDF)

This link from the Choose My Plate web site provides printable materials to help explain the nutrition guidelines.

United States Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). SuperTracker: My foods. My fitness. My health. Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/tools-supertracker

This links to the online tool for the Choose My Plate system that allows individuals to customize the program to plan, analyze and track their diet and exercise. It can be downloaded directly for convenient access and daily use.

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