Advocacy In Child Care Children’s Health & Well-Being Group Members:Rubina, Angela, Madonna, Tayiba, Jing, Niro Healthy Lifestyle
Advocacy Statement We truly believe that children’s health and well-being in theearly year of a child has a profound impact on his or her futuredevelopment. Children’s health and well-being is an issue for ourgroup because we are going to be Early Childhood Educators andwe are there the first few years of a child’s life. The way thechildren eat and exercise are important to a child’s future health anddevelopment. Early Childhood Educator also plays a significant roleto prevent a child’s health issues, provide support and promotehealthy growth among young children in child care centers. Weneed to bring awareness of children’s health and well-being toparents, children and community in order to prevent the futurehealth risks.
Stakeholders YMCA Website: http://www.ymcagta.org/en/who-we-are/our-vision/index.html Boys and Girls Clubs of Toronto Network Website: http://www.boysandgirlsclubsoftoronto.com/ Sick Kids Website: http://www.sickkids.ca/search/search.aspx Health Canadians Website: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/index-eng.php City of Toronto Healthy Babies Healthy Children Website: http://www.toronto.ca/health/healthybabieshealthychildren/index.htm/ Good Life Kids Foundation Website: http://www.toronto.ca/health/healthybabieshealthychildren/index.htm/ Family service Toronto Growing up Healthy Downtown Website: http://www.familyservicetoronto.org/programs/guhd.html
Three Types of Research Conduct Surveys Internet Research Conduct Interviews
Survey Questions Statistics 2.00% 2.00% 5 or more100% 8.00% 5-7 times/w 8.00% 3-4 Don’t Know times/w90% 30.00% 10.00% 5 or more 3-4 h/w time/w80%70% 70.00% 1-4 66.00%60% times/w Series4 1-2 times/w 58.00% Series350% 50.00% 1-2 3-4 h/w Series2 times/w40% Series130%20% 28.00% 20.00% 24.00% Never10% 1-2 h/w Never 14.00% Never 0% TV Soft Drink Fast Food Physical Exercise
Research Summary Parent Lifestyles Stress levels Smoking/drug addiction Social Activity Culture Relatioships Social Activity Parenting style Work Screen Time-TVA number of research point out the negative effect of TV programs Diet Overweight Health issuesA number of research point out the positive effect of TV programs Brain development Healthy habits
Research Summary (cont.) Video games Advantages of video games Disadvantages of video games Advertising Child- targeted ads are unhealthy 37% children’s advertisements are food advertisements and 98% of them are unhealthy Concerns regarding ads
Research Summary (cont.) ECE roles and responsibilities Children spend most time with educators Lesson plans Role model ECEs need to be knowledgeable about content on community programs Fast Foods Poor nutrition Overweight Serious Health diseases Addictive food to children Brain development Shorten life spans
Interview with Nutritionist Questions & answersDate: Mar 18, 2013Time: 9:35pmInterviewer: Angela MaInterviewee: Jessica Chen - Nutritionist firstname.lastname@example.org Males Females How parents support children eat healthy? From my thoughts, these are general Age Energy EER Age Energy EER things I think would help parents to (years) (kcal/day) (years) (kcal/day) support their children in healthy eating. Be role models in healthy eating, be involved together as a family in meals, 0-0.5 570 0-0.5 520 eat together, Involve them in cooking healthy foods, Shop for healthy snacks, 0.5-1 743 0.5-1 676 have treats in moderation, be active with 1-3 1046 1-3 992 the children, develop healthy habits early on, and educate your children on healthy 4-8 1742 4-8 1642 eating 9-13 2279 9-13 2071 What is your recommendation for daily intake of calories, fat, sodium, carbon 14-18 3152 14-18 2368 hydrate, etc. for a child at different age 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12?
Interview with Manager-Tim Hortons Questions & answersInterviewer: Niro A.Interviewee: (Name). The Manager of Tim HortonsLocation: 720 Warden Ave., EDate: March 16, 2013 How much or how many Timbits sold out a day? Approximately 300 Timbits sold out a day. Any nutrition fact people can check for nutrition about product -Hortons Tim donut or timbits? People can check nutrition about product, because Tim Horton’s have nutrition guide.but they never ask nutrition guide to buy donut or Timbits. Which one is the healthiest product for children at Tim Horton’s? Milk, apple juice and orange juice. Have people challenged Tim Horton’s products for healthy or not? e.g.: ask for nutrition facts? Some people ask nutrition guide to check the foods. But they didn’t ask nutrition guide to check children foods. What kind of products children like in Tim Horton’s? Timbits, donut, hot chocolate, French vanilla, cookies.
Action Plan- 2 YMCA Event-Greensborough YMCA, March 8, 2013 Children learn what is healthy and non healthy mostly from their peers or educators. Some children spend most of their day in childcares and schools. We believe that the learning about what is healthy and what activities can promote good physical health, should be taught by ECEs or teachers. This way, the children bring what they have learned to their household and they can give their knowledge about healthy lifestyles to their parents and caregivers. YMCA provides before and after school care for Kindergartens and school agers. Since we believe that children should learn about healthy living lifestyles from teachers and Early Childhood Educators, we decided to do one of our actions in a YMCA childcare centre. We brought in some materials that can provide the children with physical activities. Some activities we did include Soccer, Octopus and hula hoops. These activities we implemented had the children using their gross motor skills. We also decided to teach the children about healthy eating. We had the children categorize which food they thought were healthy and had them categorize the items into food groups. It was surprising to see that some children thought cake and other food were healthy. YMCA Event
Pictures of the “YMCA EVENT”Physical-Indoor Activity Physical-outdoor Activity Donation Nutrition Activity Nutrition Activity
Action Plan-4 Advocacy Letter to McDonald’s 47, 2830 Midland Avenue Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1S 1S4McDonalds Restaurants of Canada Limited1 McDonalds PlaceToronto, Ontario, CanadaM3C 3L4March 25, 2013 To Whom It May Concern:Re: Customer Relation On behalf of my advocacy group, I am writing this letter to you with regards of children’s health and well-being. As Early Childhood Educators, we truly believe that nutrition in the early year of a child has a profound impact on their future development. In fact, McDonald’s is a well-known fast food restaurant that influences millions of children every day. In these years, we have realized that the choice of Happy Meals has been improved with a goal of promoting health and nutrition. However, when considering food and nutrition guidelines from Ministry of Health in Canada, the food choices are still unhealthy for children because the food items are filled with preservatives and other chemicals that prevent decomposition. In addition, nutrition facts should be clearly labeled on all food packages that help customers to understand their daily intake. Frankly, any food experiences in children’s daily life should not be underestimated. We believe that all children have the right of having adequate nutrition for their health and parents have the right to see their child growing healthy. Hence, we strongly recommend that McDonald’s playing a significant role in fast food industry should be taking children’s health and well being as a very first concern. Please take further action to continuously improve the nutrition values in the food choices and take your social responsibility to support a healthy community.Looking forward to hearing from you.Sincerely yours,
Action Plan-5 Advocacy Letter to Family Channel 19, White Heather Blvd, Scarborough, Ontario M1V 2P8Family ChannelBrookfield Place181 Bay Street, PO Box 787Toronto, OntarioM5J 2T3March 31, 2013 To whom it may concern:On behalf of my advocacy group, I am writing this letter to you with regards of children’s health and well- being. Asearly childhood educators ,we truly believe that nutrition and physical activity in the early year of a child has aprofound impact on their future development.In fact, Family.ca is a well known TV channel that influences million of children every day. As we know, mostyoung children spend their time watching TV more than 2 hours per day. In these years, we have realized that thechildren shows of Family.ca have been improved with a goal of promoting social relationship. However, whenconsidering physical health to children, the children shows are still not good enough to promote healthy lifestylessuch as how to select healthy food and physical exercises. A number of researches indicate that childrenoverexposed to TV have already influenced their physical activity level and daily diets that become one of majoreffect on children’s health issue. We believed that all children have the right of having adequate physical activitiesfor their health and parents have the right to see their child growing healthy.Hence, we strongly recommended that Family.ca should be taking children health and well being as a very firstconcern when playing a significant role in broadcast industry. We, as Early Childhood Educators, would like to seethe hours of children shows can be minimized during after school hours and sincerely request that Family.cashould consider children’s healthy living as your further production plan. Please take your social responsibility tosupport a healthy community.Looking forward to hearing from you.Sincerely yours,Niroja Anandarajah
Follow-Up Plan Donation for strong kids walk every year Go for walk Date: May 2 2013 Location: Any YMCA centres every year Keep update information on face book Follow up their response and keep update information from McDonald’s Follow up their response and keep update information from Family Channel