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Parents, nannies and all child caregivers, please join us in the fight against childhood obesity!

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The numbers tell a frightening story: More than 25 percent of 2- to 5-year-old children are already overweight or obese in the United States, and obesity rates for these pre-schoolers have doubled in the last four decades. One in five children is overweight or obese by the time he/she turns six, and more than half of obese children first become overweight by the age of two.

Care.com is proud to support Let's Move! Child Care, a project of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! effort to help promote children's health by encouraging and supporting physical activity and healthier nutrition practices.

We encourage all of our parents, nannies and babysitters to work together and join the thousands of people around the country who are committed to participating in Let's Move! Child Care and preventing childhood obesity.

As a parent or child care provider, you play an invaluable role in the effort to combat the childhood obesity problem, support children's healthy development and prevent chronic disease later in a child's life.

You can make a huge impact! Take the free Let's Move! Child Care Pledge today! Here's how:

  1. Sign up and Receive a Participation Certificate. Sign up with your email address on the Let's Move site! today. After you enroll, download your free Let's Move! Child Care Participant Certificate to display in your home or business. You can also mention your participation in your Care.com profile!

  2. Take the Let's Move! Child Care Quiz. Answer the questions in the quiz to see which Let's Move! Child Care goals you are meeting already and which goals you need to work toward.

  3. Build Your Action Plan. Work with your nanny or the parents of the child/children you care for to create an action plan to help you reach the Let's Move! Child Care goals. If you run or work in a day care center, design an action plan exclusively for your location.

  4. Earn Your Let's Move! Child Care Recognition Award. Once you've achieved all of the Let's Move! Child Care goals, retake the online quiz to receive your Recognition Award.

  5. Win Prizes. Go to our Facebook page to share your healthy eating tips and enter to win exciting prizes.

Need some inspiration for setting your Let's Move! Child Care goals? Check out these resources:

* This article is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be providing medical advice and is not a substitute for such advice. The reader should always consult a health care provider concerning any medical condition or treatment plan.  Neither Care.com nor the author assumes any responsibility or liability with respect to use of any information contained herein.

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Comments (28)
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Leslie I.
I have a wonderful senior care lady that I see once a week. Need more work. Love cooking, cleaning for, and caring for elders. I had a job this week with animals, that was sitting with them. Two weeks ago worked as a nanny for a Wonderful family in Orange. Just need to find full time.
Posted: October 05, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Sally P.
Hi care.com friends-
I want to say that I have had extremely wonderful experiences with many potential jobs.
Some I have taken some I have not. But everyone has been pleasant and curtious.
Thank you for letting me share.
Note to all: keep trying, don't get discouraged just keep applying and also follow up with
a note a couple of days later.
Grateful nanny and dog walker,
Sally P
Posted: October 05, 2012 at 2:12 AM
Member Care C.
Hi everyone,
I have noticed a few people commenting on this post that they have been having trouble on the site recently. If you are having some poor luck getting families to respond to you we would love to help. Check out the article below for some great tips on making your profile stand out and getting responses from families. http://www.care.com/child-care-14-ways-to-get-families-to-respond-to-you-on-carecom-p1017-q18735037.html
Posted: October 03, 2012 at 2:14 PM
Serleana N.
I make sure to have at least two servings of fruit each day along with a serving of veggies. My daycare children love jello. We usually go outside. everyday. We also do indoor exercise activities. I am looking for more children to join our group.
Posted: October 03, 2012 at 8:20 AM
Maria M.
I cant find a job ,on that side please help me i need job today, maria
Posted: October 02, 2012 at 2:49 PM
Vanessa C.
I sneak exotic foods into the meals, such as hummus on crackers for a snack. I also get them involved in the process of cooking the meal, so that way they will want to eat the fruits of their labor.
Posted: October 02, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Shellyann P.
I believe our goal is to teach children to become wholsome individuals. Therefore, not only should we encourage healthful eating habits but physical activity and social interaction is key in nurturing a child as they embark on different stages of their development.
Posted: October 02, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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Karen H.
Hello to my future family,
I currently work three days a week with a baby boy that I enjoy. I love being a child care giver or nanny. But I do need more work, I have flexiable hours in the evenings and available on Tueday and Thursday all day. Please give me a call and I'am looking forward from hearing from you. Thanks
Posted: October 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Norma B.
I need a job why not getting no answer from any of the job Iapplyed for
thank you
Norma B.,,,,
Posted: October 02, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Norma B.
I have not gotten a job from your site......I have been applying but no answer. why..........I have been working in this field(Nuring) form New York to Florida for over 20 years with clean background record, I need a job . I pay to have a job.......I need one thank you
Norma B.
Posted: October 02, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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Alexsandra S.
I take my kids to grocery and let them choose their fruits and vegetables they just love it and can't wait to get home and eat. :)
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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Jessica G.
DO WE HAVE TO PAY TO BE HIRED FOR A JOB???? I HAD ONE PERSON CONTACT ME ALEADY.BUT NOT SURE WHY NOT GETTING HIRE YET .IM A GREAT NANNY,NEED A JOB AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,CAN SOMEONE HELP ME???
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 9:48 PM
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Gloria C.
Its being six months and no one form this site has called me for a job.Please i need to work.
Gloria C.
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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Malka W.
hi,,,,have not gotten a job on this site in months please help find me a job getting frustrated
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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Terry M.
Always check for food allergies before feeding children
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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Alyssa G.
Mom and Dad are always so good about keeping natural & organic food in the house (they keep their "junk" out of sight if their child/my charge), dilute juice (always great!), and we use food the child likes (watermelon, strawberries, etc.) as "reward food" for when they eat things that aren't the child's favorite (broccoli, carrots). My charge drinks lots of water as well. Developing these habits early is key and everyone around the child (including caregivers) should definitely practice what they preach when it comes to nutrition and fitness.
Posted: September 30, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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Camila D.
Make a very fun thing with fruits it's what I do, I've made palm trees out of kiwi and oranges the kids loved it! You just need to be creative. Make the plate cute and fun to eat.
Posted: September 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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Allena B.
I have always enjoyed being around children., to see them grow up and change right in front of my eyes. Children are our teachers sometimes. I play games and offer tutoring and fun activites as well as outings and picnics. We all seem to have a great time together. I am social and friendly. I also love to give homework of learning a bible verse for the week to a child I keep and then give a prize for learning it. I also offer fruit for snacks and a hot lunch. Naps for the little ones, and some computer and t.v time. Just loads of fun.
Posted: September 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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Yvonne S.
have not gotten a job on this site in months please help find me a job getting frustrated !
Posted: September 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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Loretta A.
I am a nanny for a 3yr old who doesn't like juice of any kind(just empty calories anyway) but loves water and drinks it with every meal and throughout the day. The child loves fruits and veggies so there are no problems at meal times. We go for a walk just about everyday weather permitting and bike riding, running and swinging are a regular part of the day. The parents are great as they buy lots of fruits and veggies. For awhile after giving up the bottle milk was not a favorite but now it is consumed at least once a day.
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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Christina M.
monkey see monkey do rings true.. if they see you eating healthy.. 9 times out of 10 they will follow.
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Naomi V.
I think it is important to encourage children to try new things; therefore, I use the teaspoon rule. We try a teaspoon of the new item and if we don't like it then at least we have tried it. My children were raised that way and they turned out quite well with an eclectic pallet. How can they say it's "icky" if they haven't tried it? I do recommend to revisit the "icky" item down the road a bit once their pallet have matured a little more. Also, with the summer heat it is hard to get the children to want to stay outside; this can be overturned by utilizing the evenings for walks and bike rides when it's not so hot and uncomfortable for the children.
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM
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Joanne F.
Teaching children to eat healthy is very important. Since behavior is learnt, what we teach kids now will set them up for life. Introducing fruits and vegetables early is a plus.
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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Dilcia V.
for me is very important that kids be health because is my priority in my opinion fruit is very good snack for kids
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Carolediane V.
I feel it so important to children to offer knew foods from time to time. I think it so important to be outside to play games and go for walks and take notice of all the wonders of nature.
Posted: September 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM
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Pat B.
Keep pop and candy out of the home. Train the kids to drink juice,water,or milk. Foods high in protein and fiber for breakfast. Small balanced lunch by 12pm and balance dinner by 7pm. Not easy but can be done.
Posted: September 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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Lourinda D.
Fruit is always offered as a first snack ( thanks to parents who buy regularly) and we wash hands every 2 hours.
Posted: September 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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Faye S.
I offer a lot of healthy options. I always offer at least 1 fruit or vegetable with each snack and at least 2 fruits or vegetables with each meal. We have a "no thank you" helping, which is generally 1 or 2 little pieces of something that the child doesn't think they'll like. I give lots of ecouragement for the child/chilren to try each item on their plate. I also encourage the children to drink a lot of water throughout the day and to keep active by playing outside, going for walks, bike rides and playing a lot of active games.
Posted: September 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM
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