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Module 2: Creating a Healthy Mealtime Environment

Part 1: Overview/Objectives

Child care providers, teachers, and kitchen staff are responsible for the safety, health, and well-being of the preschool children under their care. These issues deserve special attention during mealtime. After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Create a healthy mealtime environment
  • Plan menus that meet children’s nutritional needs
  • Manage food allergies while maintaining overall nutrition
  • Encourage and model healthy eating habits during mealtime
  • Recognize safe food handling practices
  • Maintain a healthy mealtime environment through proper personal hygiene
  • Identify safety hazards during meals to prevent accidents
  • Recognize and minimize choking hazards 

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