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Photos on pages 8, 36, 68, and 100 by Rachel Robertson
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Healthy children, healthy lives : the wellness guide for early childhood programs / Sharon Bergen, Rachel Robertson.
Summary: “Healthy Children, Healthy Lives helps improve the wellness of children, families, and early childhood
professionals in early childhood programs. This series of checklists covers six components of wellness-nutrition and
healthy eating habits; physical activity and fitness; emotional health and resilience; healthy care practices; safety and risk
management; and leadership, management, and administration. Each research-based checklist provides built-in guid-
ance for improvement, complements any high-quality curriculum, and aims to contribute to children’s ability to thrive
and experience joy in life and learning.” — Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-60554-081-8 (pbk.)
1. Health education—United States. 2. Health education—Curricula—United States. 3. Early childhood educa-
tion—Curricula—United States. 4. Parent and child—United States. 5. Health promotion—United States. 6. Mental
health promotion—United States.
I. Robertson, Rachel. II. Title.
Printed on acid-free paper
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