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Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative

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Infants and Children

Appropriate infant and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, and physical activity reduces health risks and can lead to improved health beyond childhood.

California Infant Feeding Guide -
Feeding guide for children from birth to one year of age, with a focus on breastfeeding.

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.

The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has developed Childcare Nutrition Standards (PDF)  required for licensees of child care homes and centers. See the most recent update of the Child Care Nutrition Training Topics  for the nutrition curriculum and resources.

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards - Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (4th ed.)  -
A comprehensive set of health and safety standards for early child care and education settings.

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.

California WIC Program -
WIC provides healthy foods, education, and more for babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers.

Emergency Preparedness: Infant and Young Child Feeding -
Resources for safe infant and child feeding during a disaster.

Nutrition Fact Sheets for Families  (California Childcare Health Program, UCSF) Written in easy-to-understand language for families with a child in childcare.

Women of Reproductive Age

Preconception health sets the stage for healthier mothers and babies.

Healthy Weight for Healthy Birth and Beyond -
A birthing parent’s weight before, during and after pregnancy affects the health of both the birthing parent and the baby. Birthing parents who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant and/or gain excessive weight during pregnancy have increased risk for numerous adverse health conditions such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, cesarean delivery and hypertension.

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.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Steps (CPSP) to Take Program Guidelines For Enhanced Health Education, Nutrition and Psychosocial Services (PDF)  includes guidelines for physical activity and nutrition for pregnant women, and for gestational diabetes.

MyPlate Resources 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, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active.

Folic Acid Resources -
All California women of reproductive age should take a supplement with 400μg of folic acid daily or consume a breakfast cereal fortified with 100% of the recommended daily value of folic acid to prevent serious birth defects.

Worksite Nutrition and Physical Activity

Fostering a healthy workplace can benefit an organization by improving employee morale, increasing productivity and by reducing absenteeism and healthcare costs.

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity Healthy Meeting Toolkit (PDF)  provides guidance for organizations that hold meetings and conferences. The toolkit addresses four topic areas: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-free, and sustainability.

Network for a Healthy California--Worksite Program  -
The Worksite Program works with employers throughout California to: 1) Improve access to healthy foods and physical activity at workplaces; 2) Foster supportive work environments that encourage healthy lifestyle choices; and 3) Establish public policies that bolster health promotion efforts at worksites.

More Helpful Resources

California Food Guide :
This Guide is designed as a manual on nutrition and physical activity to be used by health professionals.

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.

Walking 101: The Role of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs :
This webinar highlights the opportunities to promote walking for those working in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health.

AMCHP Resources to Prevent Obesity/Overweight :           
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) provides resources to support healthy weight.

MyPlate Resources:
MyPlate 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.

Oral Health Program:
A healthy diet is closely related to oral health. The oral health program provides resources for health professionals and consumers.

Webinar: Local Health Jurisdiction Role in Eliminating Food Insecurity 
Presentations include: 1) Food Insecurity among Pregnant Women in California: Findings from the Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) Survey and 2) Local Health Jurisdiction's Role in Eliminating Food Insecurity.

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