Physical activity is the best policy in McLeod County
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With support from SHIP, Preschools and daycares throughout McLeod County are not only making physical activity a permanent part of their daily routine, they are making it company policy.
Child care providers are looking at their current policies, space and physical activity practices and developing action plans to put permanent changes into place. While some providers already have put physical activity into their programs, developing a formal policy helps them stay more accountable. SHIP staff also helped create a resource guide highlighting numerous activities, events and public spaces in all nine cities that providers can take advantage of with their kids at limited or no cost. The county is also working with Ridgewater College to encourage I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL) training, a popular and effective physical activity program, as part of its continuing education offerings for local providers.
At Lori’s Childcare and Preschool, owner Lori Holtberg has notified families of her new written policy that limits TV time to only a half hour a day while kids are in her care. The policy also states that children will have at least two hours of physical activity each day, with an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, focused on large muscle development and cardiovascular health. “We were doing a lot of this before, but putting it into a formal policy makes you more accountable,” says Holtberg.