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Oklahoma Chosen for Program to Improve Child Health Habits

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  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is among five states participating in a program that helps child care programs foster healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children.

The Oklahoma Department of Health will be working in various counties to implement the program, which helps child care programs improve their menus and mealtimes, increase opportunities for active playtime and make other healthy changes.

Child care health consultant professionals in Oklahoma will work with programs across the state to help them become healthier places for children.

Mealtimes where fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods are served help children learn to like the foods. In addition, indoor and outdoor playtime not only lets children burn energy, but also helps fuel development of their brains.

The other participating states are Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia.