General Nutrition
 
 

Child Care and School Nutrition
Feeding toddlers and school-aged children has become complicated in our hectic lives. It used to be that uneducated parents or caregivers were the more prevalent group of people to undernourish the next generation. Today, there are just as many overweight and obese children in affluent suburbs. Chronic adult disorders like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are increasing in the pediatric population at alarming rates. This has been linked to poor nutrition and inactivity amongst today’s youth. A recent FIT (Feeding Infants and Toddlers) study identifies the poor food and snack choices in the infant/toddler population. It is only a matter of time that the same wellness policies that have been implemented in the public school systems, will expand to include daycare centers.

Having a consultant Dietitian as part of your center would be an asset for your business. Edy McClure currently works with a number of area physicians to improve the nutritional status of the pediatric population. She would be interested in talking to you about offering a new service at your facility. Services that she can provide include:

  1. Providing nutrition education material for parents and staff
  2. Reviewing nutrition policy and approve its implementation
  3. Planning cyclical snack menu design that incorporates the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  4. Writing web-based articles or Q&A forum for nutrition and healthy eating for infants and toddlers
  5. Providing recipes for healthy food choices for parents

Nutrition topics that Edy has spoken or written on include:

  1. Iron-deficiency anemia
  2. Food allergies
  3. Picky eating
  4. Healthy snack ideas
  5. Vegetarian diets
  6. ADHD and food choices
  7. Frequent Urinary Tract Infections
  8. Chronic Constipation
  9. Type 1 Diabetes
Top Ten Tips for Feeding Children
  1. Eat meals together. Do not let children eat alone or with the television on.
  2. Keep serving foods that your child dislikes. It takes 13 attempts before a child decides their preferences.
  3. Cook and bake with your child to increase math, science and behavioral skills.
  4. Do not force food consumption or bargain for bites. This reflects a control issue from the parent or care provider.
  5. Plant a vegetable or community garden to increase a child’s self-esteem.
  6. Do not impart your food issues on your child. Children take unspoken food cues from their primary care provider.
  7. Parents are responsible for providing a variety of food. The child is responsible for eating it.
  8. Set regular meal and snack times to give children structure.
  9. Give children a choice of two vegetable or entrées to equalize some power over food.
  10. Avoid arguments at the dinner table. It will reduce food anxiety.
 
Edy McClure MS, RD, CDE, CD-N
94 Fox Run Drive
Southbury, CT 06488

P. 203-267-4090
F. 203-267-4057
Email Edy McClure