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refers to optional health and the vitality to enjoy life ; is largley determined by lifestyle choices.


the food and beverages comsumed to nourish and support the body and its processes.

early childhood

the period from birth thorugh age 8.


the never cells of the brain.


the study of how genes are " turned on and off " by external factors such as diet, abuse, and stress.

critcal periods

unique peirod of devlopment.

ealry childhood teachers

all those who provide care and education for young childern.


the environment and circumstances that surround the child and affect the child's experinces.

oral health

dental, gum,and mouth health.

english language learners

those who speak a laguage other than english in their homes and who are learning english.


group with common national, tribal, religious, linguistic , racial, or cultural origins or backgroups.

low income

refers to an amount estimated to be less than twice the federal poverty level.

food insecurity

not having enough food all times to maintain an active life; worrying that there may not be enough money to obtain sufficients food.


an excess of body fat that may lead to obesity ; measured by a body mass index score in the 85th to 95th percentile.


a medical condition related to the excess accumulation of body fat that may have an adverse affect on health , measured by a body mass index score that is higher than the 95th percentile.

medical home

place where a child obtains preventive health care, sick health care , immunizations and coordination of medical care needs.

disparities in health care

refers to that some individuals or groups of childern are disproportionatrly at risk for disease and do not have adequate access to health care.

early childhood

the period from birth through age 8.

evidence- based practices

interventions and strategies that have been evaluated through research and established as credible and significant toward reaching a desired goal , such as improving a particular skill, promoting knowledge, or achieving a specific quality standard.


the values , beliefs, and attiuides of the teacher that are put into action to promote positive outcomes in children.

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