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New rules for New York day care restricts sugary drinks

According to new regulations issued by the authorities of a US state, licensed day care providers will only be allowed to serve children water, low-fat milk, or 100% fruit juice in a move to prevent child obesity.

For most of New York, the new rules will take effect from June, 2015, which incorporates other changes in addition to healthier drink options. More physical activity will take place, with restricted screen time unless it is part of an organised activity.

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) introduced the new rules as part of an update to the existing health and safety regulations. The OCFS had previously discussed measures that could be taken to prevent child obesity. Although the choice of drinks will be restricted to water, milk or fruit juice, parents can provide an alternative if they wish.

Outdoor playtime will take place every day, unless there are medical reasons or the weather is bad. The TV and other screens will be turned off while children eat, nap or are playing, so that they are not distracted.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of children who are obese has doubled during the last 30 years and there are four times as many teenagers classed as overweight.

Some schools in the UK combine health education with commercial studies, as they introduce business enterprise ideas for kids. Leicestershire schools are among those encouraging students to start their own ventures by serving healthy alternatives to sugary snacks and drinks.

Posted by Jennifer
December 11, 2014

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