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 Nutrition and Physical Activity Page


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AMCHP Resources to Prevent Obesity/Overweight 
The Association of Maternal& Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has posted resources to support its members and partners in coordinated efforts to decrease obesity and help children, women and families maintain health weights and nutrition.

BMI (Body Mass Index Calculator

Breastfeeding and Healthy Living
This California Department of Public Health’s breastfeeding page includes information for families and professionals, as well as resources and statistics.

Counseling the Overweight Child 
This training is designed for the local Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) program staff to use when training CHDP providers to engage in discussions regarding a child’s weight and encourage obesity prevention behaviors for families.

Healthy Weight Among Women of Reproductive Age
Resource lists to help promote healthy weight for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Includes reports and related activities through the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Oral Health
Include educational resources such as pamphlets and California Department of Public Health Oral Health Websites.

Physical Activity Resources
Resources available from the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division, California Department of Public Health.

Center of Disease Control (CDC) World Health Organization (WHO) Growth Charts
CDC provides information on the WHO Growth standards for infants and children less than 2 years of age, including growth charts, data tables, and other resources and information on using the growth charts.

Iron/Anemia Resources
Includes links to background anemia information, fact sheets, and an educational brochure tailored for Black Infant Health Program participants.

Folic Acid Resources 
Includes folic acid background information, educational resources, and other folic acid related links.

Calcium Resources 
Includes calcium background information.

Vitamin D Resources 
Links to learn more about Vitamin D recommendations for infants, children, and adolescents as well as vitamin supplementation for infants.

MCAH and CPSP Forms
Forms include Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) Initial Combined Assessment, Assessment Risk/Strength Summary, 24-Hour Perinatal Dietary Recall (Form Instructions), Prenatal Weight Gain Grids, Prenatal Nutrition Assessment, and the Perinatal Food Group Recall.

MyPlate Resources
My Plate Resources were developed to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. tools and handouts encourage teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women to include a variety of fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active. 


California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success Guidelines for Care 
Patient management references for multidiscipline providers serving women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy. Includes nutrition, breastfeeding and physical activity guidelines.

California Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Adolescents 
Guidelines, handouts, and links to other resources to assist AFLP case managers in promoting optimal nutrition and physical activity practices of their clients.

California Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Adolescents Handouts
These handouts provide nutrition, physical activity, and infant feeding information and tips for pregnant and parenting teens.

Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policy Recommendations On-line Toolkit
Toolkit provides resources and web links to assist hospitals and health care providers in meeting the national and state public health breastfeeding goals. It includes both the full and summary of the Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policies.

Childcare Nutrition Standards:
The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has developed child care nutrition training standards as required by Assembly Bill 290 (Alejo, Chapter 734, Statutes of 2013). Beginning January 1, 2016 and thereafter, the law adds one (1) hour of nutrition training, including support of breastfeeding to the current seven (7) hour preventive health and safety practices course for a total of eight (8) hours of preventive health and safety training required for licensees of child care homes and centers.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Steps to Take Program Guidelines For Enhanced Health Education, Nutrition and Psychosocial Services (PDF)Opens a new browser window. 
Created for Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) staff members, this document supplements and enhances existing CPSP protocols on a broad range of topics common to pregnancy. There are guidelines on nutrition, physical activity, maternal diabetes, and breastfeeding.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Breastfeeding Steps to Take Handouts
These handouts provide nutrition information and tips for pregnant women from conception through 60 days postpartum in both English and Spanish.

Normal Infant Feeding Guide (0-12 months) (PDF)Opens a new browser window.
A CDPH food guide for normal infant feeding (0-12 months) with a focus on breastfeeding. Provides an overview of infant feeding. Includes nutrient recommendations and barriers and benefits to breastfeeding.

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards - Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (3rd ed.) 
A comprehensive set of health and safety standards for early child care and education settings.

          Disaster Preparedness Resources for Childcare Programs from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
          AAP has created a webpage with links to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition standards that relate to disaster preparedness in child care programs and a list of links to other resources and tools for disaster preparedness. 

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies, IOM Report
This report reviews factors related to overweight and obesity from birth to age five. It provides recommendations for healthcare professionals, caregivers, and policymakers to prevent obesity in this age group.

Last modified on: 11/12/2015 1:57 PM