Early Childhood - What You and Your Family Need to Know

Early Childhood

What You and Your Family Need to Know:
Getting Your Child Off to a Healthy Start


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Parents and caregivers need to support and encourage healthy eating and physical activity for children. Use the information and recommendations provided here to get the little ones you care about off to a healthy start.

There is so much to consider when creating healthy habits for children, such as nutrition, physical activity and television viewing. Use the links to the left to learn more.
In addition, a child’s health is more than the absence of disease or injury. Our goal should be more than just keeping our children safe. 

Consider these facts:

  • The percentage of children who are overweight or obese is on the rise in Minnesota, as in the nation as a whole.
  • Healthy eating and physical activity habits develop at a young age and tend to carry over into adulthood, contributing to healthier adult lives.