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Delaware Survey of Children’s Health (DSCH)

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Communities all over are making strides to encourage healthier lifestyles for children by influencing national and local policies and practices. Read some articles and reports on recent actions in the drive to promote healthy eating, active living and social development in children.

Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) believes changing policies and practices is often necessary to build healthy communities and promote healthier lifestyles in children.

Healthy Eating Handouts & Resources

Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) believes changing policies and practices is often necessary to build healthy communities and promote healthy social development in children. Read a series of policy briefs and strategies to help improve nutrition and encourage kids to eat healthy.

Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program (2012): This memorandum explains grain requirements for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) and specifically addresses implementation and definition of whole grain products. Foods included were carefully determined to meet 24 nutrient targets.


USDA Announces New Criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge (2012):
The Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service announces new criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), a voluntary certification initiative established to recognize schools that have created healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity.


Why Delaware Should Maintain Nutrition Regulations for Child Care (2012):
Delaware’s regulations for child care, which specify nutritional requirements for food prepared and served by child care providers and food supplied by parents and guardians, are meant to ensure all children receive healthy foods and beverages they need for their growth and development.


Delaware’s Child Care Regulations Promote Healthy Child Development (2011):
Child care providers play an important role in nurturing the physical and emotional health of children. Collaboration among public, private, and nonprofit organizations can help establish regulations that teach healthy lifestyles.


The Need to Increase Participation in Delaware’s School Breakfast Program (2011):
Breakfast improves student learning and may contribute to a healthy weight. Children’s participation in school breakfast programs can be increased through a variety of mechanisms. These strategies and the importance of a nutritious school breakfast, especially for low-income students, are explained in this policy.


Emotional Wellness Handouts & Resources

Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) believes public health policy and practices can be effective in promoting healthy behaviors and positive social skills. Read a series of policy briefs on promoting children's emotional health.

The Advantages of Providing Mental Health Services in the Primary Care Setting (2009)
This policy brief provides a rationale for integrating social and emotional development and mental health services in primary care as well as strategies for helping to ensure effectiveness.


Improving Children’s Social and Emotional Health through Delaware Child Care Policy (2008)
This brief outlines the importance of the child care setting in the development of a child's social and behavioral health, as well as the new Stars for Early Success quality rating and improvement system for early care facilities.

Physical Activity Handouts & Resources

Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) believes changing policies and practices is often necessary to create environments that encourage children to be physically active. Read a series of policy briefs and strategies for promoting active living among children.

Delaware Policy Should Ensure Physical Activity in Elementary Schools (2012)
Recent studies show the strong connection between physical fitness and academic success. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that schools should ensure all students participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activities.

Increasing Physical Activity for Students in Delaware Schools (2009)
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that children accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily and that schools ensure that all students participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity during the school day.

USDA Announces New Criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge (2012)
The Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service announces new criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), a voluntary certification initiative established to recognize schools that have created healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Investment in Parks and Recreation is Necessary for Children's Health (2010)
Parks and recreation facilities can provide a safe, fun, accessible, and convenient location for promoting physical activity. This policy brief summarizes data on the use of these public services and highlights the importance of investing in parks and recreation to support healthy lifestyles.