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NCHA to help Provide Healthier Choices in Childcare

The North Country Health Alliance (NCHA) assists in training providers in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Lake of the Woods counties. NCHA will be hosting four classes that will encourage providers to incorporate proper nutrition, breast-feeding and exercise as part of their daily routines.

“Children develop habits very early,” says Christine Twait, Providers Choice Director of Nutrition Education. “Most children are in an early child care and educational setting, so it’s an important opportunity for us to help them make a healthier choice.”

NCHA will be providing Providers Choice with the opportunity to reach local child care providers with their “Twist and Sprout” initiative. This is an initiative that encourages childcare providers to incorporate proper nutrition, breast-feeding and exercise.

“Being able to reach the rural providers is allowing us to customize and bring “Twist and Sprout” on the road,” Twait said. “Providers are not required to take part in this initiative however, it is best for the children.”

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Updated Friday, August 29, 2014 at 02:19PM