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Alabama Gives Children Building Blocks of a Healthier Future

Every kid deserves a healthy start in life. No matter where children live or go for early care and education, they all deserve healthy food and active playtime. It will help them grow up healthier, and children learn better in healthy environments.

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Due to recent policy changes, Alabama now ranks fifth in the United States in high obesity prevention standards in the "Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2021 Report" released by the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. That is a 18 spot jump from last year! 

This monumental progress was achieved by successfully advocating for Caring for Our Children and use of the Spectrum of Opportunities for Obesity Prevention in Early Care and Education developed by the CDC, which used Caring for Our Children standards as a prime resource. These policy changes resulted in changes to childcare licensing regulations that impact high-impact obesity prevention standards, as well as positive changes to physical activity and screen time rules. 

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Excerpt from "Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2021 Report." For links to Alabama's documents, visit National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations and select "Alabama" as the "State Profile."

Thank you to You're the Cure advocates, who helped in this endeavor over the past several years. Your voice is making a positive difference in the lives of children across Alabama. 


Jada Shaffer, Government Relations Regional Lead, contributed to the article. 

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