Updated February 18
On Tuesday Lafayette House in Joplin celebrated its designation as an "Eat Smart" child care facility. Representatives from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services presented the award.
To be an "Eat Smart" facility centers must make menu improvements. Those include adding more whole grains, more fruits and vegetables, and serving less processed foods
"I think it's really important they learn they can make healthy choices in their food selection instead of the fast foot selections that are easy," says childcare director Suzanne Simek.
The Lafayette House is a non-profit organization serving women, children and their families experiencing hardships.
The organization serves 1,400 people each year.Posted February 17, 2014
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Lafayette House Receives “Eat Smart” Program Designation
Department of Health program incorporates fresh foods and proteins into children’s menus
Joplin, MO (February 17, 2014) – Lafayette House will hold a ribbon-cutting and announcement to celebrate its designation as an “Eat Smart” Child Care Facility at 2 pm Tuesday, February 18 at 1809 Connor Avenue.
Representatives from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services will award the Eat Smart designation to the Pumpkin Patch, Lafayette House’s onsite child care center. Eat Smart guidelines challenge child care facilities to improve their meal service by following recommended standards that are above the minimum requirements. The guidelines recommend menu improvements including: more whole grains; more fruits and vegetables; less processed foods; lower fat milk; fewer sweets and more food variety.
“By following the Eat Smart guidelines, we’re helping children make healthier choices in their food selection that will hopefully carry through the rest of their lives. We are using more fresh foods, whole grains, and proteins in their daily meals, and making some fun presentations – such as fruit parfaits – that children enjoy,” said Suzanne Simek, child care director.
Lafayette House is a private, non-profit organization serving women, children and their families experiencing problems related to domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and child abuse. The organization serves 1,400 people each year.
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