Illinois eyeing new day care nutrition regulations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials are considering a series of proposals that’d remove unhealthy snacks and chocolate milk from day cares, while also banning young children from watching television.

Other proposals also mandate children go outside at least twice during the day and forbid day care providers from rewarding children with food for good behavior.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/16PJF0o ) the series of changes were first recommended by the Illinois Early Learning Council. They’re being reviewed by a special legislative panel and could take effect in six months.

Dave Clarkin is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He says the proposals are aimed at teaching young children healthy habits.

The rules would only apply to day care centers and would affect about 300,000 children.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

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