Policy Library

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

Breastfeeding Support

Movement and Play

Tap Water Promotion

Healthy Living

  • 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

  1. Healthy Beverage Policy: No sugar sweetened beverages or 100% fruit juice served to children at your agency’s events, activities, celebrations. (pdf) (doc)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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