A healthy life starts with healthy eating!
The Salt Lake County Health Department suggests that for your best health, when eating you should:
The health department currently focuses on two specific areas to improve our community’s health through balanced nutrition: a program that helps childcare facilities offer healthy choices and an initiative helping families focus on spending quality time together over a healthy meal.
The benefits of having family meals—whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner—are incredible. The simple act of sitting down together for a meal can help you and your family achieve long-lasting positive effects, including promoting family togetherness, preventing behavior problems, improving school performance, improving your family's nutrition, and preventing weight problems.
Most parents and children enjoy their family meals—and most want to eat together more often. So how can you make this happen?
More family meal time tips!
Targeting Obesity in Preschools and Child Care Settings (TOP Star) prevents obesity among children in childcare by helping childcare providers improve their nutrition and physical activity environments.
Childcare providers who complete the full TOP Star program receive in-depth technical assistance with a trained health department consultant who helps identify strategies for improving nutrition and physical activity in the childcare setting and shares resources to help providers meet their goals. The technical assistance is available free of charge to any childcare provider that chooses to enroll in the program.
Childcare providers who meet all program requirements can receive a TOP Star endorsement that allows them to promote and market their achievements in physical activity and nutrition.
Find our more about becoming TOP Star endorsed by contacting us at TOPStar@slco.org