Resources to Meet the Eat Smart Guidelines

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The Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care:  A How to Workbook
Provides information and resources providers will need to meet the Eat Smart Guidelines

Family Style Meals in Child Care

How to Read a Food Label

Healthy Foods for Celebrations

Guidelines for Healthy Celebrations

Nonfood Fundraising Ideas

Model Policies for Creating a Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment 
Provides guidance on developing model nutrition and physical activity policies for child care facilities.  It includes examples of best-practice policies, tips to implement policies and materials to share with parents.

Sample Menus and recipes that meet the Advanced Level 
Four week sample menus and recipes that meet the Advanced Level Guidelines

Eat Smart Bookmark (front)

Eat Smart Bookmark (back)

Carlton Carrot’s Menu Template
Use this fun template to post “What’s to eat this week.”
Word Format or PDF Format

Nutrition Self-Assessment
This will help you find out areas in your nutrition program that need improvement.

Action Plan
This tool will help you identify steps needed to meet the guidelines.
Word Format or PDF Format

Web Sites

Choose MyPlate
Fruits & Veggies More Matters
Let’s Move Child Care
Missouri Child and Adult Care Food Program
Missouri Team Nutrition
National Food Service Management Institute  
University of Missouri Extension 
USDA Team Nutrition


Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities
Nemours, a foundation that operates an integrated children’s health system, just released a Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities! The toolkit provides a range of strategies and success stories to assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: early care and education, schools, out-of-school time, community initiatives and healthcare. The profiled communities were able to leverage their unique rural resources and benefited from close community bonds to improve children’s health. The toolkit also includes policy recommendations and an overview of the evaluation process.  Feel free to share the link with interested colleagues, networks, stakeholders and constituencies.