Resources for Child Care Settings

Early childhood is a critical time for obesity prevention since that is when children are developing taste preferences and copying the healthy and unhealthy behavior of those around them. Child care centers have a unique opportunity to promote healthy eating and physical activity among our youngsters as well as with their parents.

The Data

The DuPage WIC obesity rate for 2-4 year olds (15.5%) and the DuPage kindergartener obesity rate (12.2%) both exceed the national rate for 2-5 year olds (8.9%), stressing the need for early intervention. For a full report of the latest DuPage County data, click here.


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*The 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® message was created by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children (CLOCC). 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® is a registered trademark and Copyright © 2004 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. All rights reserved.