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Evaluation of Wellness Polices of Nation's Second-Largest Child-Care Provider Presented at Partnership for a Healthier America’s 2013 Building a Healthy Future Summit

March 7, 2013

During the Partnership for a Healthier America’s 2013 Building a Healthy Future Summit in Washington, DC today, Rudd Center researchers will present results from an evaluation of the wellness policies of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the nation's second-largest child-care provider.

The evaluation aims to help Bright Horizons advance its nutritional, physical activity, and screen-time policies. The company goal is for all of its child-care centers to meet wellness standards and serve as an example for other child-care centers nationwide.

The evaluation includes reviewing all relevant corporate policies and gathering data on policy implementation and practices from all of their centers nationwide. Focus areas include eliminating serving all sugar-sweetened beverages from all centers, serving a fruit and/or vegetable with every meal, proving a minimum of one hour of physical activity per day, supporting breastfeeding, limiting juice, and limiting screen time.

Results from the evaluation show that Bright Horizons has achieved a high level of compliance with the commitments across centers in all regions of the country. “Bright Horizons used this commitment as an opportunity to significantly strengthen their written policies about nutrition and physical activity,” according to Marlene Schwartz, PhD, Deputy Director of the Rudd Center.

“Bright Horizons took on some very challenging but critical commitments to promote health in the nation’s young children,” said Kathryn Henderson, PhD, Director of School and Community Initiatives at the Rudd Center. “Their success demonstrates that health-promoting changes are possible on a large scale.”

The evaluation is a partnership between Bright Horizons, Partnership for a Healthier America, and First Lady Michelle Obama. It is part of Let's Move! Child Care, one phase of the First Lady’s Let's Move! initiative.