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Learning Care Group Serves Up Recipe For Lifelong Wellness With Grow Fit

NOVI, Mich., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- What will your preschooler eat at school today?  You might be pleasantly surprised.  Learning Care Group is making a widespread commitment to promoting wellness throughout its portfolio of Childtime, Children's Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited, La Petite Academy and Tutor Time schools nationwide.  In these schools across the U.S., winter squash soup, chicken tetrazzini, hummus (chickpea) dip with homemade whole wheat pita chips and Waldorf fruit salad are all on the menu – and they'll go over big. Thousands of young children will enjoy these and other delicious offerings as they learn to make smart choices regarding what, and how much, they eat.

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The recipe for lifelong wellness can begin in early childhood. That's the philosophy behind Grow Fit, Learning Care Group's comprehensive healthy lifestyle initiative designed to prevent childhood obesity and avoid chronic disease later in life.  Grow Fit provides a clearly defined structure for the company's healthy practices regarding nutrition and physical activity.  It aims to ensure children at the company's 900+ schools have the energy to learn and to position them for future success. 

Children at every Learning Care Group school are developing their palates through a well-balanced menu that features a cornucopia of vegetables, plenty of lean proteins and a host of ethnic foods as well. Through careful planning and role modeling, teachers are making the new food discovery process fun for the children. 

"At Learning Care Group, we're making healthy lifestyles a priority through our Grow Fit initiative," said Dr. Susan Canizares, Chief Academic Officer, Learning Care Group. "As with literacy, kindness and other important life lessons, each of us is a role model. The choices we make regarding physical fitness and nutrition have a lasting impact on the attitudes and behaviors of our children. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is a slow process that involves a lot of patience. Last fall, we learned firsthand what can be accomplished by taking many small steps toward a major objective – and our children led the way."

In September, Learning Care Group surpassed its Grow Fit launch goal of walking to the moon and back in one month.  In just 30 days, children, staff and parents walked a whopping 607,986 miles: to the moon and back and around the world five times.  The following month, more than 75,000 children and staff celebrated Grow Fit with a simultaneous company-wide rendition of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes."  Check it out at http://www.learningcaregroup.com/parent-resources/blog/2012/10/learning-care-group-makes-nationwide-pledge-to-grow-fit/

The children continue to enjoy championing fitness and nutrition through daily lessons and through fun special events. Today, Learning Care Group schools are rolling out a rainbow of healthy colors in honor of National Nutrition Month.  Children are coming to school dressed in the color of their favorite or "secret" healthy food item.  Through a variety of fun activities, they'll learn about the different wholesome foods each child represents and why each one is good for us. The MyPlate nutrition guide from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will help illustrate the lesson.

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