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Major Chain of Child Care Centers Adopts First Lady's
The second biggest chain of for-profit child care centers says
it will follow Michelle Obama's healthy eating and activity
guidelines for children.
According to the
Associated Press, Novi, Mich.-based The Learning Care Group
says changes to its 900 centers around the country include
eliminating fried foods, serving fruits and/or vegetables at each
mealtime, using water or low-fat milk instead of sugary drinks,
cutting children's TV and computer time, and providing kids with at
least 1 hour of daily physical activity.
Women who want to provide the centers with breast milk to feed
their children will also be allowed to do so, The Learning Care
The company provides early education and child care to more than
100,000 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years, the
APsaid. Centers operate under the brand names of Childtime
Learning Centers, Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers, The
Children's Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited and La Petite
Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, aimed at reducing child
obesity, includes healthy eating and activity guidelines for child
care centers as part of its program. According to "Let's Move"
executive director Sam Kass, over 13,000 centers nationwide now
follow the guidelines.
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