The New York City Board of Health on Tuesday voted to amend regulations for day care centers and school-based programs, limiting the amount of juice a child has to four ounces per day and “sedentary time,” or the amount of time children are not physically active, to no more than 30 consecutive minutes, except during nap time.
Sedentary time means sitting still and would not include activities like painting or drawing, or interactive story-telling.
The changes were first proposed during the board’s December meeting.
The new rules require children be at least 2 years old before being allowed to drink juice. The old rules had allowed juice once children reached 8 months old. Only 100 percent juice is allowed.
Another amendment calls for screen time—televisions, videos, iPads—to be limited to no more than 30 minutes per week as opposed to the current 60 minutes per day.
The health department is also regulating naps, prohibiting pillows for children under two-years old unless they have a note from their doctor.