Healthy & Active Before 5 wants each of our community partners to become a role model for healthy eating and good nutrition. In Contra Costa County, over 40 government agencies, schools and nonprofits serving young children have passed healthy policies. Review the policies below, and then create your own!
These policies belong to our mini-grant recipients and Contra Costa partners. We are very proud of their work.
Healthy Foods and Beverages
- Healthy and Active Before 5 walks the talk by having our own Healthy Food and Beverage Policy. When we hold meetings where food is served we make sure to have lots of whole grains and fresh produce. We minimize sugars and fats, and we never serve sugar- sweetened beverages! Our policy is presented to caterers and we ask them to follow the Myplate recommended standards. (pdf – 155 kb)
- Center for Human Development Food and Beverage Policy at promotes age-appropriate serving sizes. The costs of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages are no longer reimbursable expenses. (pdf – 53 kb)
- Weigh of Life Food and Beverage Policies(2) whenever possible, will only serve water out of pitchers. While making available healthy foods, they pledge to only support fundraising events that adhere to their healthy food policy. (pdf – 156 kb)
- Cambridge Child Care Development Nutrition and Food Service Policy has a model child care food program to reduce obesity and overweight amongst their children and to teach them healthy eating habits. (pdf – 156 kb)
- Contra Costa Health Services 100% Healthy Vending has established guidelines that require all on-site vending machines to be 100% healthy. Snack and beverage machines will contain only low calorie and low sugar sweetened choices! Read more (pdf – 913 kb).
- Micheal Chavez Center Healthy Food Policy In addition to adopting a h3ealthy food policy, the Chavez Center will be providing healthy eating trainings to clients and their families. (pdf – 152 kb)
- Delta First 5 Center Nutrition Policy has committed to serving healthier foods to their children. However, in the event that a sweet will be served, a healthy alternative will be provided and parents will be notified of the sugar content. (pdf – 102 kb).
- Baypoint First 5 Center Nutrition Policy Instead of serving fruit juice will have whole fruit slices and fresh water available. (pdf – 102 kb).
- Monument Crisis Center has adopted all three healthy policies! Their food and beverage policies apply to staff, volunteers and clients. No Soda, No Juice Policy (pdf – 139 KB) and Healthy Food Policy (pdf – 553 kb)
- Contra Costa Child Care Council Healthy Food and Beverage The Council is making sure no sugar sweetened beverages will be served to children in their care, and to encourage healthy eating.(pdf-135 kb)
- Martinez Adult Education Healthy Beverage Policy they will no longer be serving 100% juice to children in their care. (pdf– 127 kb)
- Martinez Unified School District Healthy Beverage Policy The school district will no longer be serving sugary sweetened beverages to children or adults at meetings, events or celebrations. (pdf– 70 kb)
- Office of Board of Supervisor John Gioia Healthy Food and Beverage Policy will make sure healthy foods are available at sponsored events (public funds are not used). They will also discourage sugary sweetened beverages and provide water free of charge! (pdf– 152 kb)
- Office of Board of Supervisor Karen Mitchoff Healthy Food and Beverage Policy Food provided by Supervisor Mitchoff’s office will include fruits, veggies and whole grains. The office will not serve sugary sweetened beverages or juice to children at their events. (pdf– 152 kb)
- Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative Nutrition Policy BBK will no longer serve fruit juice in their Preschool Enrichment Program, instead will have fruit slices and fresh water only. (pdf – 82 kb).
- Contra Costa Health Plan Healthy Food and Beverage Policy The Health Plan adopted policy to provide healthy foods and beverage options at meetings, events and celebrations. They even included menu suggestions for healthy choices. (pdf– 109 kb)
- Youth Enrichment Strategies Healthy Beverage Policy the school district will no longer be serving sugary sweetened beverages to children or adults at meetings, events or celebrations. (pdf– 61 kb)
- Contra Costa County Community Services Bureau Healthy Food and Beverage will no longer serve sugary sweetened beverages and instead will provide whole grain alternatives to families at all events and celebrations. (pdf– 109 kb)
- East Bay Center for Performing Arts Healthy Beverage will no longer serve sugary sweetened beverages to children during classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances or recitals hosted by the center . (pdf– 118 kb)
- Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Healthy Food and Beverage will no longer have sugary sweetened beverages to children during classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances or recitals hosted by the center . (pdf– 170 kb)
- John Muir – Women’s Health Center Healthy Food and Beverage policy The Women’s Health Center no longer have sugary sweetened beverages and will provide healthy foods at their snack cart! (pdf– 143 kb)
- Cambridge Walking Club Healthy Beverage Policy will only be drinking water during their daily exercises . (docx– 172 kb)
- Concord Jr. Giants League Healthy Beverage Policy will not serve sugar sweetened beverages or 100% juice at their games, practices or meetings/events. (docx– 196 kb)
- Mt. Diablo C.A.R.E.S Afterschool Program Healthy Food and Beverage Policy will not serve sugar sweetened beverages or 100% juice to children at any agency events. They will also ask collaborators, contractors or grantees to follow their policy. (pdf – 1789 kb)
- Contra Costa Youth Soccer League Healthy Beverage Policy will not serve sugar sweetened beverages or 100% juice to children at any games, practices or events . (pdf – 177 kb)
- West County Regional Group Healthy Food and Beverage Policy will not serve sugar sweetened beverages at their parent meeting. Food will include fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low fats and reasonable portion sizes. (pdf – 95 kb)
- El Cerrito Library (Contra Costa Library) Healthy Food and Beverage Policy will not serve sugar sweetened beverages or 100% fruit juice at any youth event
- West Contra Costa Family Justice Center Healthy Beverage Policy will not serve sugar sweetened beverages or 100% fruit juice to children at any of our agency’s events, activities or celebrations.
- Community Violence Solutions Breastfeeding Policy supports and enables employees and clients to breastfeed during work hours in compliance with California Law (Labor Code 1030-1033). (pdf – 115 kb)
- Monument Crisis Center Breastfeeding Policy is committed to having a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers. (pdf – 356 kb)
- Contra Costa Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Policy their breastfeeding policy is countywide and they have lactation spaces at their Richmond, Concord and Pittsburg Health Center sites. (pdf – 91 kb)
- Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association Breastfeeding Policy used some of their mini-grant funds to purchase equipment to have a lactation tent at some local farmers markets. (pdf – 204 kb)
- Solomon Temple Baptist Church Breastfeeding Policy with their mini-grant funds they bought a small refrigerator, cabinet, breastfeeding resource materials and church fans that indicate they are a breastfeeding friendly church! (pdf – 104 kb)
Movement and Play
- Pogo Park Movement and Play Policy is committed towards encouraging young children to move by increasing access to a safe place to play in parks throughout the city of Richmond – revised Nov. 2013 (pdf– 1.31 mb )
- Brighter Beginnings Movement and Play will provide a play area with equipment for young children at their facilities, and staff will have a physical activity break at meetings lasting 90 minutes or longer. (pdf– 143 kb)
- Fresh Approach (PCFMA) Movement and Play Policy is committed towards encouraging young children to move by increasing access to a safe place to play at Elm Playlot (pdf– 270kb)
- Mt. Diablo C.A.R.E.S After School Program Movement & Play Policy is committed to provide a minimum of 30 minutes a day and up to 60 minutes per day of structured physical activity using pre-approved CATCH & SPARKS physical education curriculum
Tap Water Promotion
- Pogo Park Tap Water Policy provide and advocate for a standard of clean, safe, appealing, free, and easily accessible drinking water for families with young children in Richmond (pdf– 1,367 kb)
- Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Healthy Beverage and Water Policy provide water and healthy beverage options at times where refreshments are being served at their church. (pdf-1511 kb)
- West Contra Costa Family Justice Center Tap Water Promotion Policy strives to provide and advocate for a standard of clean, safe, appealing, free, and easily accessible drinking water for families with young children and all community members.
- Three Squares Healthy Living Policy Three Squares has adopted a healthy food, beverage and physical activity policy for staff and clients. No sugary sweetened beverages consumed during classes, healthy lunches served during office hours and physical activity breaks are encouraged. (pdf– 57 kb)
- Contra Costa WIC Program Healthy Food, Beverage and Physical Activity Policy WIC has adopted a healthy food, beverage and physical activity policy for staff and clients. Recreational eating is discouraged and potlucks will follow the My Plate guidelines. Also physical activity breaks will occur during meetings lasting longer than 2 hours. (pdf– 57 kb)
Healthy & Active Before 5′s sample policies
- Healthy Beverage Policy: No sugar sweetened beverages or 100% fruit juice served to children at your agency’s events, activities, celebrations. (pdf) (doc)
- Healthy Food and Beverage Policy: Healthy foods and beverages would be served at all organization’s meetings, events and fundraisers. This means serving fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and whole grains to clients (both children & adults) and to your staff. Collaborators, contractors and grantees would also be encouraged or required to follow your new Healthy Food and Beverage Policy. (pdf)(doc)
- Breastfeeding Accommodation Policy: Our California law insists that breastfeeding mothers who return to work are provided with break time and a clean private space to breastfeed or pump milk. We want agencies to expand upon this in ways that create a supportive environment for breastfeeding women in their workplace. Starting with information and outreach to employees before they start their maternity leave. (pdf)(doc)
- Movement and Play Policy: Physical activity is fun and good for everyone. Agencies will adopt policies that support families and/or clients with children to be active. Agencies can also raise awareness and support staff and employees in their efforts to be active during the day. (pdf)(doc)
- Physical Activity Policy for Child Care: Children should have lots of time for active free play and be taken outside at least twice a day. In collaboration with the Contra Costa Child Care Council, we have drafted a physical activity for child care providers. (doc) (pdf)
- Tap Water Policy: Providing tap water to young children can promote health and help prevent early childhood obesity. Go a step further than providing healthy beverages, by having a policy that supports serving tap water only. (doc) (pdf)
- Marketing Policy: Children are influenced by food marketing that makes unhealthy food popular. You can reduce consumption of unhealthy food by adopting organizational practices that reduces marketing to children at your agency. (doc) (pdf)
See more at: http://www.healthyandactivebefore5.org/2011/02/policy-library/#sthash.S0rt1wrm.dpuf