Healthy Beverages

Child care centers can promote best practices in the area of healthy beverages by limiting the amount of fruit juice offered, offering only 100% fruit juice, ensuring children are offered the right amount of milk, and refrain from offering other sugary drinks such as soda. Here are the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (2017):
  • No juice for children under 12 months
  • Limit juice intake to 4 ounces daily for toddlers ages 1-3 and 4-6 ounces daily for children aged 4-6
  • Provide toddlers 2-3 servings daily of 1/2 cup of nonfat or low-fat milk
In addition, toddlers should not be given juice from bottles as this allows for easier consumption of more juice throughout the day. Excessive carbohydrates from juice can lead to tooth decay and childhood obesity.
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Here are some resources for improving healthy beverages practices in your child care center:
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Parents often have misconceptions about healthy beverages for children.  Here are some ways you can help:
  • Educate parents about current juice recommendations such as identifying juice that is 100% fruit juice or limit juice consumption by hosting an educational workshop at your center.
  • Here’s a tip sheet that can provide parents with information about healthy beverage choices and tips on how to reduce or eliminate juice consumption at home.
  • Host a family night showcasing the benefits of  healthy beverages!  Have food demonstrations to teach parents about innovative ways to add milk to common recipes. Here's a tip sheet you can provide.
  • Use sugar cubes to visually illustrate to parents how much sugar is in drinks. This chart can help.
Here are some resources for enacting policies around healthy beverage practices in your :

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