Mississippi State Department of Health

Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting


MSDH's Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting (PACCS) initiative is working to reduce the high prevalence of obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds by developing guidances and standards for child care facilities to improve their physical activity and nutrition environments.

Childhood Obesity and Child Care

In 2007–2008, 10% of children nationwide ages 2 to 5 years were obese; in Mississippi, about 20% of children ages 3 to 5 are overweight. Increasingly, children in this age range are spending their days in child care settings, and receive the majority of their meals and exercise there. Improving the physical activity opportunities offered by child care providers is one approach to preventing childhood obesity.

About the Initiative

Mississippi already has nationally-recognized standards for child care regarding nutrition, outdoor exposure, and limits on screen time. PACCS is working to further these standards via:

Resources for Child Care Facilities

Related Links


Links referenced on this page
More about Child Care Licensure    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,183,html ok
More Mississippi statistics    http://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/

Find this page at http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/index.cfm

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