Mississippi State Department of Health

Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting


MSDH's Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting (PACCS) initiative is working to reduce the high prevalence of obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds by developing guidances and standards for child care facilities to improve their physical activity and nutrition environments.

Childhood Obesity and Child Care

In 2007–2008, 10% of children nationwide ages 2 to 5 years were obese; in Mississippi, about 20% of children ages 3 to 5 are overweight. Increasingly, children in this age range are spending their days in child care settings, and receive the majority of their meals and exercise there. Improving the physical activity opportunities offered by child care providers is one approach to preventing childhood obesity.

About the Initiative

Mississippi already has nationally-recognized standards for child care regarding nutrition, outdoor exposure, and limits on screen time. PACCS is working to further these standards via:

Resources for Child Care Facilities

Related Links


Links referenced on this page
What Works in Early Care and Education    http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/P0/P00232.pdf
Obesity and Obesity Prevention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,289,html ok
Mississippi Childhood Obesity    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,289,html ok
Menu Planning for Child Care Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,183,464,html ok
Addressing Obesity in the Child Care Setting (CDC)    http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/obesity_program_highlights.pdf
Preventing Obesity In The Child Care Setting: Evaluating State Regulations    http://cfm.mc.duke.edu/wysiwyg/downloads/State_Reports_FInal.pdf
CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity    http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/index.html
USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program    http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/
MDHS Services for Children    http://www.mdhs.ms.gov/
MSDH Child Care Licensure    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,183,html ok

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