New guidelines for daycares, adult care centers

Photo Courtesy: Kansas State University

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – For the first time in almost 50 years, the guidelines for what is served to children at daycare centers are being revised.

Kansas State University Nutritionist Sandy Procter said, “Parents are becoming more nutritionally aware, and we know it’s important that the feeding guidance keeps up with what the rest of the country is living for by dietary guidance.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which regulates the meals served to kids and adults in caretaking centers. The changes are to better align the meals provided at these centers with recommended dietary guidelines.

The proposed changes include:

  • More whole grains
  • Less sugar
  • Less fat
  • Requiring fruits and vegetables to be part of the snacks provided
  • No longer offering fruit juice to children under age one
  • Receiving reimbursement for breastfeeding

Procter said these changes are a victory for both nutrition and for business. “They’re able to receive reimbursement for healthy meals that are the right thing to serve to kids,” said Procter. “It really has a double positive effect both on our future, which is in the health of our children, but also in a business sense.”

It’s unclear when the new rules will be finalized.

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