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MLFCCA has an exciting new training opportunity available to members of MLFCCA at no cost for member Neighborhood Association Groups. Choose from a variety of nutrition related topics. Each free training includes handouts and resources that have been developed with your needs in mind.  All trainings include CACFP Mandatory Training.

Certificates are provided for all trainings. For further details on trainings and scheduling information, call Cathy Johnson, 651-636-1989, ext. 24 or 1-800-652-9701, ext. 24 or email:

1.  The Importance of Breakfast
Did you know any child who skips or does not have access to breakfast can suffer learning and health problems? Did you know attention, attendance and achievement improve with breakfast? And well nourished children have less behavior problems? As a childcare provider you are in a unique position to comprehend the scope of the importance of breakfast. Promoting the importance of breakfast will help ensure that your childcare children are prepared for their day. In this class, we will discuss important nutritional needs that are met by having breakfast, available resources, and healthy menu ideas made easy. Eating habits developed during childhood have the potential to last a lifetime.

2.  Food Allergies
For many of us, food is more than a daily necessity. We derive pleasure from eating and nurturing our children with healthy food. However, food can cause upset for many reasons. This can range from intolerance to allergy. For most people, allergies are just an inconvenience. But according to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, they are a major cause of disability in the U.S. In fact, it has been estimated that allergies account for the loss of two million school days per year. In this class, we will define the difference between allergies and food intolerance, discover which foods children tend to be more allergic to and the hidden food products in many common foods.

3.  Children, Science and Nutrition
People often think of science as learning facts about the world around us; others may think of science as "the having of wonderful ideas". This latter view of science matches the characteristics of young children as learners. Young children are naturally curious and passionate about learning making them natural born scientists. In their pursuit of knowledge, they're prone to poking, pulling, tasting, pounding, shaking, and experimenting. "From birth, children want to learn and they naturally seek out problems to solve". (We want to encourage you through hands on science activities to make science an everyday occurrence). Join the fun with hands on activities!

4.  Discover the Possibilities with Cooking
Do you struggle with serving the same foods every day for breakfast, lunch and snack?  This class will explore freezer cooking methods, mix ahead mixes and crediting those combination meals. There will be baking hints, ingredient substitutions, avoiding trans fats, along with cooking for and feeding infants.

5.  "Risky Business"
Escherichia coli, Listeriosis, Salmonellosis and Staphylococcus all add up to Risky Business. These common food borne illnesses can cause major problems in a child care environment. During this workshop, we will learn about bacteria, work in teams use an ultraviolet light and visually see how germs can spread. Food safety is an issue that you as child care providers hear a lot about. We will be reviewing food safety guidelines that will enable you to provide a more safe environment for children.

6.  Fats
Children and adults need fats in their diets. In this training we will identify different types of fats and how they have a varied and admittedly confusing effect on health and disease. We will also look at the Nutrition Facts on food labels as an important source of information on fats. We will review commonly served foods in child care and look at substitutions in making them more healthy and Nutritious.

7.  Organics 101
The word "organic" is used everywhere, but what does it mean and why is it so important: This session highlights the organic process and organic foods.

8.  Setting a Healthy Snack Policy
Food if fuel for the human body. Discovering how food builds our bones and muscles, aids our organs, and supplies us with energy is important in feeding children. A national survey of toddlers' diets found that lunches and snacks eaten at child care were significantly more nutritious than lunches and snacks eaten elsewhere. Did you know that meals at child care were higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D, potassium and riboflavin, compared to meals eaten at home or away? Learning aids, resources, and recipes/menus will be available at this class.

9.  MyPlate (Nutrition 101)
MyPlate and the U.S. Dietary guidelines are two tools developed to help promote healthy eating habits. MyPlate emphasizes eating a variety and balanced amount of foods everyday along with exercise. Good heating habits do not just happen; they must be learned.

10.  Keeping Children Safe - Food Safety for Child Care Providers
Today, more than ever, food safety is emerging as an important issue for child care providers. Children under five years old are especially susceptible to food borne illness because their immune systems are not fully developed. This session covers a variety of topics in the area of food safety. 

11.  Understanding Childhood Obesity 
Childhood obesity is now the number 1 health concern among parents. Discover how extensive the obesity problem in children has become, why it is dangerous and how we can fight back.

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