Fargo Day Care Centers To Provide Physical Activity

They should go back to basics. Cool

FARGO – There may be more freeze tag, monkey in the middle and hopscotch coming to child care centers here.

To help youngsters slim down to healthy weights, Fargo Cass Public Health is recommending an ordinance that would require the city’s child care centers to ensure that kids 1 year and older get at least an hour of physical activity each day.

Driving the recommendation are Cass and Clay county statistics showing that 27 percent of toddlers and preschoolers are overweight, said Cheryl Stetz, a health educator with Fargo Cass Public Health.

“We need to, as a community, step up and help kids be more physically active,” Stetz said.

The issue is on the agenda for today’s 5 p.m. meeting of the Fargo City Commission. Stetz said commissioners may begin considering the matter, but they likely won’t vote on it tonight. She expects the proposed ordinance to be well received. “We probably wouldn’t bring it forward if we didn’t think we had the support,” she said.

Commissioner Mike Williams said he favors the measure, which he believes could prompt more collaboration between child care centers, schools and health officials in promoting healthy activities.

“We’re just becoming a more active community, and childhood obesity rates have been going up,” he said.